Wireless alliance: You might want to move some access points for Wi-Fi 6

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Businesses could find themselves repositioning wireless access points and even facing increased bandwidth demands as Wi-Fi 6 hits the market in the coming months, according to a white paper released today by the Wireless Broadband Alliance.

Nevertheless, the news is mostly good for prospective business users. Thanks to Wi-Fi 6’s array of coexistence, power-saving and smart management features, a new network based on the technology shouldn’t pose many deployment problems.

Key to the enterprise WLAN use case, the white paper says, is deployment planning – Wi-Fi 6 can offer different optimal placement options than previous-generation Wi-Fi, so it could behoove upgraders to consider changing AP locations, instead of just swapping out existing devices in the same locations.

Wi-Fi 6 also provides for decreased interference between two different APs on the same network, so architects could comfortably place those APs close to each other without unreasonably hobbling their throughput. Yet placing them far apart also becomes a more realistic option, given Wi-Fi 6’s greater effective range and more efficient frequency allocation.

The implementation piece should be relatively painless – Wi-Fi 6 is designed to be more or less plug-and-play, with no new infrastructure needed to support it, and backward compatibility with all existing Wi-Fi technology baked into the basic specification.

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