The demand for more agile and secure Wi-Fi connectivity continues to grow as organizations cope with increasing numbers of client and IoT devices connecting to their networks, astronomical amounts of data generated and demanded, such as for bandwidth-hungry video streaming, and speeding up their transition to the cloud – all requiring significant bandwidth to move efficiently. Wi-Fi 6E, an expansion of the Wi-Fi 6 standard, allows access to the 6 GHz frequency band providing room for growth with wider channels for low latency.
Global adoption and implementations
More than 70 countries have already opened or considering opening, including US and EU, the 6 gigahertz (GHz) band for unlicensed Wi-Fi usage. Depending upon the country’s implementation and approval process, this will provide two to three times the spectrum available today and make the new Wi-Fi 6E standard the next step forward in networking technologies. Enterprises should look into this new networking capability to support their growth and further improve application performance and end-user experience.
With the correct deployment, organizations can use Wi-Fi 6E to address and resolve issues of the less powerful 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands, including inadequate capacity and congestion, limited bandwidth, and interference. Using the extra capacity provided by the additional non-overlapping channels in the 6 GHz band to resolve Wi-Fi network connection and congestion issues allows for densely populated IT and IoT environments to be supported without sacrificing performance. By using channels that range from 80 MHz up to 160 MHz wide, data-intensive applications that require high-bandwidth and ultra-low latency, such as high-definition video conferences, can be sent and received at maximum speeds. Since only 6E-capable devices can be used on the 6 GHz band, the frequency interference can be eliminated to further improve the performance and efficiency of applications.
Four Considerations for Putting Wi-Fi 6E and the 6 GHz Spectrum to Work
Multi-band Coverage Maximization
Through comprehensive coverage across the 2.4 GHz, 5GHz, and 6 GHz bands, Wi-Fi 6E solutions can maximize coverage with the bandwidth and enable any channel combination to deliver the best possible performance and user experience. To prevent interference between the high end of the 5 GHz band and the low end of the 6 GHz band, dynamic filtering and shielding of channel allocation can better manage Wi-Fi performance with neighboring channels.
Protecting your Wi-Fi 6E Network
Wi-Fi 6E is considered to be more secure than its predecessors, mainly due to the mandatory inclusion of Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 (WPA3), which provides 192-bit encryption. However, hybrid workplaces, open guest networks, IoT, and edge computing initiatives greatly widen the risk surfaces, and stronger encryption and authentication protection of user passwords and data should be pre-built into Wi-Fi 6E solutions.
User Experience Optimization
Wi-Fi 6E solutions should incorporate advanced analytics and AIOps to improve operator efficiency and user experience. AIOps can automatically identify network, security, and performance issues using data models trained with AI and machine learning.
By committing to certifications and standards, a Wi-Fi 6E network has been pre-tested with numerous configurations across multiple devices to ensure interoperability and is backward compatible.
Secure Wi-Fi 6E Connectivity with Lanner
Lanner LWR-X8460, an enterprise-grade Wi-Fi 6E Tri-Band Access Point, is a 12-stream Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) access point network solution, designed for the growing demands of the increasingly crowded and dense Wi-Fi environments. With 4x4 MU-MIMO in 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz Tri-Band, in addition to compliance with IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax standards, the LWR-X8460 offers fast and secure Wi-Fi connectivity.
The LWR-X8460 includes built-in security capabilities, including WPA3 and Enhanced Open support, with stronger encryption and authentication for enterprise-protected networks. With rich network I/O functionality and multi-WAN connectivity, LWR-X8460 delivers more capacity and wider channels for network video streaming needs, making it suitable for remote video conferencing, telehealth, distance learning, public safety monitoring, and IoT applications.
High-Capacity Wi-Fi 6E Tri-Band Access Point
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