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802.11ax The Latest Wireless Standard – A New Frontier Beyond 802.11ac

Every day, people are on the lookout for the latest device that could make their lives easier. Smart cameras, smart lights, smart thermostats, and smart TVs—the list can be endless. Aside from the added convenience and productivity that all of them have in common, these devices also all use data. They’re all part of the IoT environment that’s growing daily, leading to more devices connected to the network. This driving need to solve everyday problems through technology means the demand for data is increasing faster than the capability of current WiFi standards.

So, what if the current wireless standard can no longer support the demand?

Since 1999, when the first WiFi standard was introduced, the demand for a faster and reliable WiFi connection has increased and driven improvement. These standards kept up with technological changes in society as well as the desire for next best thing.

Today, 802.11ac provides speed, reliability, and quality wireless communication performance for most of society. However, for some, 802.11ac is no longer sufficient, especially if you have more than 20 devices connected on one network.

The latest wireless standard 802.11ax will satisfy the higher requirements of data and increase the network capacity in the future. Not only will 11ax be a desirable technology, it will be needed to power and support the modern lifestyle.

What makes 802.11ax the future of wireless technology?

802.11ax offers the ultimate solution to connectivity challenges looming on the future of wireless networks. With a growing number of high-density environments like urban dwelling, multi-unit apartments, and even stadiums, 802.11ac will struggle to support the large number of users and devices, whereas 802.11ax can continue to deliver max speeds. Users on the 802.11ax network will find the connection to be reliable as it handles data traffic with ease even as more devices connect.

The number of devices or users is not the only imminent problem with 802.11ac.  Along with the crowded networks comes the problem of needing to satisfy a higher data demand. Wireless networks are needed to support the increased data demand coming from devices like laptops, cellphones, tablets, etc. While today, WiFi can sometimes still be perceived as a convenience, in the future, WiFi and strong connectivity in general will be essential to daily routines.

That’s where 802.11ax promises a great deal. It is built using technology that is already delivering results—technology used by cellular networks to connect to hundreds or thousands of cellphones at a time. Starting with those roots, 11ax not only boosts speed for individual devices by as much as 25% in some cases, it also boosts the speed for the entire network, promising four times the capacity gains.  It does this by extending its core WiFi technology. 802.11ax adds 1024-QAM, expands Multi-User MIMO in uplink direction and borrows technology such as OFDMA from the cellular world. Look out for more on said technologies later.

802.11ax takes WiFi to the next level

802.11ax promises to deliver the fastest and most reliable WiFi yet. This latest wireless standard is designed for the next level experience and advances WiFi performance like never before.  And, with the growth of the IoT environment, we cannot wait for 802.11ax supported consumer products.

Abhay Bhorkar

Director of Product Management, Connected Home

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