As everyone knows, technology is always changing. Whether you’re at your home or in the office, there are more network connected devices every year. With the change in how many devices connect to your network, a new Wi-Fi standard is slowly rolling out. IEEE 802.11ax or Wi-Fi 6 is already available on few network devices and connected devices. It was created by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a committee that oversees the drafting of Wi-Fi standards. This is important, because it ensures that all network devices and connected devices are compatible even if they are from different companies. Wi-Fi has been through many important changes since its release in 1997. The previous standards were 802.11a/b/g/n/ac. Each standard has improved on its former self with better bandwidth and connectivity.
Are you wondering if you should replace your Wi-Fi routers and access points, here are a few of the improvements so that you can make the choice that is right for you or your company. WPA3 is the new security feature on Wi-Fi 6, this feature patches some of the vulnerabilities that WPA2 had. This will make password authentication more secure and make it harder for people with malicious intent to hack your Wi-Fi password. Another improvement is a higher bandwidth, which is the rate that data is transferred between the network device and your connected device. This is good timing with 4k video becoming commonplace and 8k video starting to build up traction. This will also help with people that backup their device to a cloud service via Wi-Fi. One of the other main improvements is that wireless routers and wireless access points will be able to support more devices, more efficiently. This will allow for a stronger connection in situations where many connected devices are present. Some examples of where you might see improved performance would be school rooms, events centers, and crowded restaurants just to name a few. Wi-Fi 6 is also more efficient, in the sense that it will decrease the battery drain caused by Wi-Fi when you use Wi-Fi 6 devices that are connected to Wi-Fi 6 network devices.
If you don’t currently have any issues with your Wi-Fi connection and speeds, then you can certainly wait to upgrade. In that situation, you should upgrade your devices as they begin to fail, or new issues start arising. If you have constant complaints about your Wi-Fi connection and you’ve already ruled out your Internet Service Provider, then the next step would be to start looking into Wi-Fi 6 devices. In the next few months and going forward, more and more devices holding the Wi-Fi 6 standard will be released, so keep your eye out for the Wi-Fi 6 Certified logo on new devices or ask any of us in the Sales Department for assistance with picking out your network equipment.
Matt Sorensen – Sales Account Executive