Wi-Fi is Going to Get More Efficient – Why You Should Migrate to 802.11ax / Wi-Fi 6

Since we announced our family of Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) access points last year, we’ve continued to hear the same simple question from customers.

When should we upgrade our network to 802.11ax /Wi-Fi 6?

Do we upgrade now, or wait until we have Wi-Fi 6 clients?

This question is common whenever a new standard is released (or even a major revision like Wave 2 of 802.11ac), as customers figure out the right time to begin transitioning their network to the latest technology.

Wi-Fi 6 Driven by Device Manufactures

If 2018 was the year the Wi-Fi 6 access point was released, then 2019 will be the year we start to see clients released. Early this week, Broadcom announced the BCM43752, an 802.11ax / Wi-Fi 6 chipset for mass-market smartphones.

The BCM43752 supports key Wi-Fi 6 innovations, including OFDMA and MU-MIMO technologies for better performance in crowded environments, advanced roaming capabilities supporting multi-band operation (MBO), and WPA3 security protocols. With these new features, the BCM43752 brings steady, high-speed Wi-Fi and unprecedented quality of service to the mass smartphone market, adding to the ever-growing Wi-Fi 6 ecosystem of access points and routers in homes, offices and high-traffic venues.

Clients are seeing the value and adopting, and it’s set to explode over the next 24 months. Samsung has just announced its first Wi-Fi 6 enabled smartphones, and we expect that to be the first of many announcements for client devices in 2019. Also, reported by ABI Research, 1 billion Wi-Fi 6 chipsets will ship annually by 2022!

The Time To Upgrade is Now

If you are considering a network refresh in the next couple of years, now is the time to begin using 802.11ax / Wi-Fi 6. If a network is designed to last for three to five years, you’ll want to be ready instead of having to wait for a future refresh. Aerohive offers three models of Wi-Fi 6 access points, which serve multiple use cases.

Simply put, the time is now. If you are planning for the future of your network, it’s time to deploy technology of the future. With Aerohive’s Wi-Fi 6 enabled access points, the future is now. Contact us if you are on a path to migrate to 802.11ax, as it is backward compatible.

What If I Just Deployed 802.11ac a Few Years Ago?

If you are in between Wi-Fi network deployments, you may be wondering if you will be left in the cold. With Aerohive, you have the flexibility that a lot of vendors aren’t able to offer. With some vendors, you aren’t able to upgrade to Wi-Fi 6 without overhauling onsite equipment (controllers). With Aerohive, you can mix and match 802.11ac access points right alongside our 802.11ax access points. If you aren’t in a place where you can completely overhaul your network and upgrade to Wi-Fi 6, Aerohive provides the option to upgrade only a few locations at a time. You can upgrade on your schedule to fit within your budget.

Wi-Fi 6 Brings Technology Improvements

Wi-Fi 6 brings a number of much-needed Wi-Fi enhancements, which address capacity concerns and bring enhancements for IoT. With features like OFDMA and Target Wake Time, Wi-Fi 6 makes life easier when deploying and managing a high-throughput Wi-Fi environment. If 802.11ac was about raising the speed limit for Wi-Fi, 802.11ax is about opening up more roads for clients to drive on. Wi-Fi 6 enables Wi-Fi to become much more efficient with the ability to split channels into as many as nine “baby” channels. With Wi-Fi 6, we will receive true multi-user capability on uplink and downlinkWi-Fi 6’s primary technology is all about saving airtime consumption.

If you want to be ready to take advantage of these new features without overhauling your entire network at once, we recommend that you place access points in your high-use areas. HiveManager will manage Wi-Fi 6 access points side by side with 802.11ac APs. If you’ve got 100 access points under your management, you could even have the option of replacing 25 per year to slowly get current on the latest in wireless technology.

The common theme here is flexibility. Aerohive offers you the option to upgrade on your schedule and on your budget. If you want to go all in on 802.11ax today, then we can help with that. If you aren’t able to go all in yet but want to slowly begin the transition to Wi-Fi 6, we can absolutely help with that as well. The clients are growing, but will you have the Wi-Fi network that can support them?

We can handle your complex Wi-Fi deployment needs like Steph Curry shoots three pointers.

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