Wi-Fi 6 became the crème de la crème back in 2019 but, as is the norm, advances in tech move at truly breakneck speeds.
Due to the pace of innovation, Wi-Fi 6E became the standard bearer one year later.
Still working under the IEEE standard of 802.11ax, Wi-Fi 6E, where “E” stands for “extended, crucially adds the ability to operate in the 6 GHz band (5.925-7.125 GHz). In other words, stretching past 2.4 & 5 and extending into 6 GHz.
What does 6E mean in a practical sense?
- More speed and throughput owing to the ability to bypass the congestion-filled 2.4/5 GHz bands
- Lower latency due to less compatible devices and legacy devices being capped at 2.4/5 GHz
That brings us to cabling.
The benefits of every new generation of Wi-Fi are clear and 6e (and soon-to-come 7) is no exception. The difference though is that to accommodate those higher speeds and associated PoE devices, multiple cables will be required.
To their credit, CommScope® and other providers have long been recommending the installation of two Cat 6A cables when upgrading a network or installing one from scratch to futureproof the network itself.
It seems like just yesterday (it was 2019) that Wi-Fi 6 was taking the world by storm… and here we are on the cusp of yet another new era of Wi-Fi. One that we’ll be talking about in future editions of our monthly newsletter, The Wire.
Give us a call and let’s get you set up for Wi-Fi 6E and beyond.
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