In previous articles, we have touched on the benefits of Wi-Fi 6 – how this exciting technology can redefine your network and empower your digital experience. The fact is that Wi-Fi 6 is able to support four times higher network bandwidth and user concurrency compared to Wi-Fi 5 and has a host of other benefits, making it the perfect technology if you’re looking to enhance the connection for multi-user, campus-like settings. This includes wireless offices, colleges, retail buildings, airports and cities.
But in order to reap the benefits of Wi-Fi 6, you need to invest in a reliable access point (AP) that can support it. A common misconception is that you can just upgrade the software of your access points in order to support Wi-Fi 6, but that isn’t the case. Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) is actually a new generation of wireless technology which has brought over 75 new enhancements and can only be supported by Wi-Fi 6 chipsets.
But with the fast-growing number of AP choices in the market, how do you choose what’s right for your organisation? This article can help you. These are the five features that you should look for when you decide it’s time for an upgrade.
Unlock The Power of Wi-Fi 6 and 5G
The performance of Wi-Fi 6 surpasses that of previous generations of Wi-Fi, but you need an access point that can get the most from your network. 5G is another technology that is set to revolutionise the way we work and interact with the world as it delivers unprecedented mobile connection speeds. Each of the new technology has its own strengths and use cases, but instead of choosing one or the other, forward-looking businesses should look to leverage both.
The Huawei AirEngine Wi-Fi 6, for instance, integrates multiple cutting-edge 5G technologies to the Wi-Fi network. Being a leader in 5G technology, Huawei has built its Wi-Fi 6 access points to enable what it calls a first-of-its-kind “100 Mbps @ everywhere” to provide organisations with continuous networking at scale.
Ever felt the frustration of having a spotty wireless connection? As we rely more on cloud and other connected technologies, our tolerance for downtime will only continue to diminish. So when choosing the hardware to enable Wi-Fi 6, it isn’t just about how fast a connection it can provide. The data-driven era requires constant connectivity for always-available workloads and applications. You need an access point that can offer:
More stable coverage – This can be achieved by leveraging a smart antenna which can deliver stability as well as broader coverage.
More stable applications – The use of SmartRadio Dynamic Turbo, an intelligent application acceleration technology, helps achieve 10 ms ultra-low latency with multi-queue packet scheduling. This allows the network to easily cater to any heavy-traffic applications or services, such as VR or video streaming services.
More stable roaming – To ensure connectivity and more stable mobile operations, having an AP that comes with SmartRadio lossless roaming technology enables the network topology identification algorithm to quickly find the optimal AP when roaming. By choosing the right AP, you can achieve zero packet loss during roaming, even for mission-critical services.
IoT will no doubt play a more prominent role in organisations over the next few years. These connected devices will require more extensive use of 5G and other wireless technology. You need an AP that is able to support the technology without you having to replace your existing hardware. Huawei AirEngine APs, for example, come with built-in IoT card slots to allow for flexible IoT extensions.
Intelligence Everywhere, Even In Your AP
A key feature of the next-gen data centre is how each element is infused with intelligence to drive performance and efficiency to the next level. With a “smart” Wi-Fi 6 access point, the same can be done achieved with your network too.
As an example, the AirEngine AP has big data analytics- and AI-powered intelligent radio calibration that can predict the network status, dynamically adjust radio resources, and improve the overall network-wide performance by up to 58%.
What does all this translate to? In a nutshell, the AP will always provide the best network and user experience, automatically without requiring your networking staff to tweak complex configurations to ensure optimal connectivity for different users and services.
Huawei AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 is developed with the world’s most advanced 5G network, bringing everyone ubiquitous connectivity, automatic operations and a seamlessly integrated experience. For further information, click here.