What Is Wi-Fi 6?

If you are one to look out for new or upcoming technology, then you may have started hearing about Wi-Fi 6, the next generation of Wi-Fi that is in development. The greatest improvements should be: more consistent data in areas of dense usage, better connections for IoT devices, and improved outdoor performance. 

Why Is Wi-Fi 6 Needed?

Wi-Fi 6 could help alleviate smartphone traffic, which is expected to increase over ten times from 2016 to 2022. It is estimated that there will be a 50% increase of devices per person in the next several years. By that math, there may be an average of 3.6 devices per person. The faster data transference could also be helpful to schools and universities as AR and VR become more accessible and affordable.

What Are the Effects of Wi-Fi 6?

Wi-Fi 6 compatible devices are already being introduced into circulation, but it is unlikely that the majority of devices will be compatible until the end of 2020. Businesses will want to keep the upcoming change in mind when looking toward the future, particularly outdoor-based ventures, but there will be minimal immediate impact. 

How Do I Prepare My Organization for Wi-Fi 6?

To be prepared, consider long-term upgrades and which changes would best serve your business as technology continues to grow to fit the increasing demand. Pay special attention to where your access points are and your current supported bandwidth compared to what you might need. Current cabling may not be compatible to support the increased data rates.

Date Posted: 11/1/19
Date Last Updated: 10/31/19

By: RTI Marketing Team

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