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How Wi-Fi 6 Can Leverage While Planning Network Upgrades?

By Education Technology Insights | Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The new and advanced standard of Wi-Fi 6 makes sense for high-density area of campus, and improves both security and performance.

FREMONT, CA: The upcoming generation of Wi-Fi is not too far off, with enormous implications for advanced and higher education. It's intended for the sort of high-density situations that sparkle on campus — think auditoriums and sports stadiums — yet can put on a strain on current networks.

Here are four things you have to know about Wi-Fi 6.

1. Wi-Fi 6 is designed for high-density environments

The main goal behind Wi-Fi 6 is to boost performance in highly populated areas. That is the point where both clients and access points play by Wi-Fi 6 rules. The nomenclature reveals the Wi-Fi Alliance's attempt to add clarity to the IEEE numbering scheme (such as 802.11n) by assigning its names. Wi-Fi 5, the IEEE 802.11ac standard approved in 2013, is now widely deployed and should coexist well as Wi-Fi 6 debuts. Each new Wi-Fi number builds on the one before, with Wi-Fi 6 (based on IEEE 802.11ax) focused on environments such as classrooms and stadiums.

2. Wi-Fi 6 enhances on both performance and security

Wi-Fi 6 gives stronger security to any client with advanced firmware, because it has the new WPA3 encryption and authentication protocol. Old devices work fine on Wi-Fi 6 networks, 

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but there are no advantages without new clients. The most significant jump will be in high-density spaces, but these features require both clients and APs to be Wi-Fi 6. As long as you have old stuff on the airwaves, you'll see no or limited benefits.

3. Wi-Fi 6 and 5G complement each other

 Wi-Fi 6, with higher speed and thickness, broadens the convenience of Wi-Fi as a quicker, better, less expensive option in contrast to cellular data, even the super high speeds proposed for 5G systems. This reflects both specialized advances and a robust purchaser preference for Wi-Fi. Users will get a better experience with adequately engineered and deployed Wi-Fi 6 than with 5G.

4. Design a phased-in approach to Wi-Fi 6 upgrades

A full Wi-Fi 6 deployment implies swapping out APs, customers, and system framework. A 1-gigabit link isn't quick enough to encourage a fast, high-density Wi-Fi 6 AP. That is a significant advance. Instead, IT managers should search for a continuous update way, ensuring that anything they add to their systems currently can boost Wi-Fi 6.

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