Wi-Fi 6: High performance, next generation Wi-Fi®

The ubiquity of rich digital media content and user desire for constant connectivity bring increasing performance demands to every Wi‑Fi® device. This in turn calls for a great increase in overall network capacity, as well as new modes of operation to mitigate inefficiencies that could manifest in large-scale deployments. As Wi‑Fi network deployments continue to grow, Wi‑Fi devices must continue to operate reliably in crowded, congested environments. Users increasingly expect solid Wi-Fi connections in dense network environments that frequently include multiple interfering sources, moderate-to-heavy user loaded access points (APs), and a wide variety of client devices.

The next generation of Wi-Fi, based on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11ax standard, is Wi-Fi 6. This new generation of Wi-Fi delivers features to effectively meet the increasing, evolving use of Wi-Fi technology. Wi‑Fi Alliance® has announced an upcoming certification program, ­­Wi‑Fi CERTIFIED 6, ­ to ensure Wi-Fi 6 devices meet expectations for quality and interoperability. Expected in 2019, the Wi‑Fi CERTIFIED 6 program continues the 20-year tradition of Wi-Fi Alliance standards-based testing.

Market needs have evolved, and new techniques are required to manage them. Wi‑Fi 6 addresses challenges revealed by the continued, expanding success of Wi‑Fi in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands and plays a crucial part in the quest for the increased capacity and performance required by next generation connectivity.

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