A question that I keep getting asked about 802.11ax technology is: “Will 802.11ax make 80 MHz and 160 MHz channels usable in the enterprise?” In theory, BSS color combined with the spatial reuse operation could provide the capability to take advantage of 80 MHz channels in the enterprise. However, this would be practical only if legacy […]
Wi-Fi radios use two methods of carrier sense to determine if the RF medium is busy and possibly defer transmissions. The clear channel assessment (CCA) is a physical carrier sense mechanism which works together with MAC layer virtual carrier sense. Virtual carrier sense uses a timer mechanism known as the network allocation vector (NAV). In previous […]
Chris and I talk about PoE (power over ethernet) budgeting in this latest video.
A basic service set (BSS) is the cornerstone topology of any 802.11 network. The communicating devices that make up a BSS consist of one AP radio with one or more client stations. In the last blog, we discussed how BSS color is a numerical identifier of a BSS. BSS color, also known as BSS coloring, […]
As we discussed in the last few blogs, Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Avoidance (CSMA/CA) dictates half-duplex communications, and it says only one radio can transmit on the same channel at any given time. An 802.11 radio will defer transmissions if it hears the PHY preamble transmissions of any other 802.11 radio. Unnecessary medium contention […]
In my last blog, What is a Clear Channel Assessment?, we discussed the difference between the signal detect (SD) threshold and the energy detect (ED) thresholds used by Wi-Fi radios to determine if the RF medium is busy. The ED threshold is used to detect any non-Wi-Fi transmissions while the SD the threshold is used to […]
The CSMA/CA protocol utilizes a line of defense to ensure that any Wi-Fi radio does not transmit while another is already transmitting on the same channel. The 802.11-2016 standard defines a physical carrier sense mechanism to determine if the radio frequency (RF) medium is busy. Physical carrier sense is performed constantly by all Wi-Fi radios […]
As many of you might already know, a key efficiency enhancement for 802.11ax will be the use of OFDMA by Wi-Fi radios. Orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA) is a multi-user version of the OFDM digital-modulation technology and is used in other wireless technologies such as LTE. OFDMA subdivides a channel into smaller frequency allocations, called […]
Chris and I discuss how many devices a single access point can provide access to along with design and configuration best practices for enterprise Wi-Fi.
Much of the 802.11ax draft amendment has been written with Internet of Things (IoT) devices in mind. The radio chipsets used for IoT devices generally need to be low-cost and consume very little power. Traditionally, Bluetooth and Zigbee chipsets have been cheaper to manufacture for IoT devices than Wi-Fi radio radios. However, 802.11ax lays the […]