WiFi… Where We Are Today and Where We’re Headed in the Future

Where We Are Today…

The most popular WiFi version installed today is the new IEEE 802.11ac. This new version expands the throughput of wireless local area networks by using high frequencies (5GHz band). It’s also widened individual channels from 40MHz (802.11n) to 80MHz or even 160MHz; added more spatial streams (up to 8) and downlinks (up to 4 clients); and increased the modulation density up to 256-QAM.

All of this provides the ability to have more connections at faster throughput speeds than ever before. 

There are some trade offs though. The higher frequency (5GHZ) isn’t as effective at penetrating walls as the previous 2.4GHz was so the new access points (APs) will need to be deployed closer together than older units.

Where We’re Headed…

We expect the next significant enterprise speed improvement to be from the IEEE 802.11ax protocol. It will continue to operate in the 2.4 & 5GHZ bands like 802.11ac, but the data signaling rate will move up to 10.53Gb/s! From what we’ve seen, the goal of this IEEE improvement will be to provide 4x the throughput of 802.11ac. This standard is to be publicly released sometime in 2019.

No matter which WiFi platform you deploy you’re going to need a bigger pipe to connect it to your network, and by pipe we mean Cat 6A cable. 

Here are five concept pages that we’ve created to help you learn more:

There are many great options available that we’d be happy to help you with. Contact us anytime!