Latest Wi-Fi Technologies


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There has been several new WiFi technology developments recently.
The 802.11 series of wireless LAN standards continues to progress, adjusting itself to meet increasing bandwidth needs and new application demands. For enterprise network planners, this development is a double-edged sword, filled with both challenge and promise.

802.11ac Wave 2: Gigabit Wi-Fi grows up-

The initial wave of enterprise wireless LAN products to implement the 802.11ac standard focused extensively on the subdivision of competences required for Wi-Fi certification. Capabilities deferred to Wave 2 comprised of capabilities which were less mature, particularly 80+80 and 160 MHz-wide channels, 4×4 spatial streams and multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO). While Wave 2 enhancements have the potential to quadruple maximum data rates, approaching 7 Gbps, other capabilities are of greater relevance in enterprise WLANs.
For example, 160 MHz-wide channels will be unfitting for several enterprise WLAN applications, and enterprise WLAN planners will be unwilling to order this much spectrum per channel. MU-MIMO can see substantial adoption with in enterprise WLANs, mainly in circumstances calling for high client density. With MU-MIMO, 802.11ac access points (APs) will be able to amalgamate beam forming, MIMO antennas and spatial streams in diverse ways to converse with up to four Wi-Fi clients at once.

802.11ad: Faster in-room Wi-Fi technology-

802.11ac boosts wireless LAN data stretching up to a few hundred feet, 802.11ad boosts the data rates over shorter distances. 802.11ad is also certified as WiGig and will fill in the need for very high bandwidth, very short range personal area wireless networks. They use the 60 GHz band to support these fast and short wireless cord replacements.

Certain applications where 802.11ad will be useful includes wireless speakers, monitors and storage, wireless docking in tablets and laptops, ultra HD and 4k video streaming. It offers a multi-gigabit substitute to Bluetooth with greater potential for support.
So moving forward, we’re looking at Wi-Fi enabled devices also turned into WiGig enabled devices. All the enterprise planners should plan for the emergence of WiGig certified peripherals for offices.

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