Wi-Fi 6 is coming very soon. Why should you care?
Your house and smaller office probably runs very well on Wi-Fi 5.1 In that case, don’t worry about replacing your routers any time soon.
A Look to the Future
Wi-Fi 6 is for more demanding uses:
- Maximum speed should be 40% better than Wi-Fi 5 when comparing the speed of a single device on a Wi-Fi 6 vs. Wi-Fi 5 network.
- Much better performance in crowded areas. I have some clients in densely packed office towers. Find channels and frequencies where neighbourhing businesses don’t interfere or “overshout” can be challenging. Wi-Fi 6 is 4 times better at avoiding this contention.
- Better transmissions through concrete walls and solid objects. Previous W-Fi standards focused on the 5 GHz band for faster data transmissions, but signals have a harder time going through walls and concrete at the higher frequencies. Wi-Fi 6 will provide significant speed boosts for the 2.4GHz bands which are much better and penetrating solid objects.
- Wi-Fi 6 will enable better battery life on smartphones, tablets and laptops. It will also help with other low power devices as part of the emerging “Internet of Things” (IOT).2 It does this by telling your device when to go to sleep and for how long before getting the next transmission.
- Fewer Wi-Fi access points to cover the same population. For very large indoor and outdoor spaces with lots of people like warehouses, parks, shopping centres, commercial districts in a city, stadiums and sports arena, concert halls, Wi-Fi 6 will be great. Instead of a wireless access point under Wi-Fi 5 being able to support 50-75 simultaneously connected devices, Wi-Fi 6 can support 250 or more. This is because Wi-Fi 6 is so much more efficient at packing data that each channel in Wi-Fi 5 can now be sub-divided into a large number of smaller channels in the new standard. That can mean 80% fewer access points to serve the same large groups of people.
- Fantastic coverage in large open and outdoor spaces. A single Wi-Fi access point can now cover up to 800′. That’s an amazing range. Previously, an area like a park, outdoor industrial yard, or farm might have needed 16-18 access points, each with a network and power connection. Now that same area can be covered by a single access point.
The Future is Now
Atlas is pleased to announce it will be carrying 2 models of Wi-Fi 6 access points: an indoor only model with ranges up to 300′ and 250 concurrent users; and an outdoor model with ranges up to 800′ with 250 concurrent users. Both are cloud monitored and managed meaning that:
- Any loss of service is immediately reported to Atlas for analysis and resolution;
- Configuration and management of the device can be performed remotely without the need to go on-site or physically climb up to access the device.
For more information, reach out to us for more information.
- Wi-Fi 5 is also known as the 802.11ac standard first released in 2014. Wi-Fi 6 is also known as 802.11ax. Perhaps this is why the industry is moving to a simple numbering system.
- If you’re not familiar with IOT, it refers to the growing trend that everything–from home security systems and thermostats, to coffee makers and vacuum cleaners–will require a wireless network connection to operate in the future.