What is Wi-Fi 6?
Currently, Wi-Fi has established itself as the universal standard for connecting mobiles, laptops, tablets and other portable or fixed devices to a local area network. Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) is the latest version of Wi-Fi and brings the promise of increased speed, low latency, improved aggregate bandwidth and advanced user traffic management, which will help reduce disconnects.
Both 5G and Wi-Fi 6 are based on Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA). Wi-Fi 6 is less prone to interference than previous Wi-Fi standards, requires less power (which prolongs device battery life) and has improved spectral efficiency. Essentially, it is better at packing data into a signal.
Wi-Fi 6 offers full support for technologies like multiuser, multiple input, multiple out (MU-MIMO) connection quality, which will vastly improve compatible mobile devices; this should speed up content delivery. Wi-Fi 6 is also backwards compatible with older Wi-Fi standards.
And the Winner…?
The reality is that both 5G and Wi-Fi 6 are evolving in parallel; the two are largely complementary. One maybe more suitable based on different environments but there are overlaps for some user cases. This will make for an interesting competitive environment from this year onwards and into the late 2020s.
Solid State Supplies Ltd is here to support you on these technologies with products in their portfolio including 2J Antennas, Antenova, Digi, Microchip, Quectel, Redpine Robustel, Silicon Labs, SparkLAN, and many others.
About the author:
John Fitzpatrick is Product Manager at technical, franchised distributor Solid State Supplies Ltd – www.sssltd.com