What is Wi-Fi 6?


Eleanor Crook


16 Jul, 2019



The next-generation of Wi-Fi is here, and it’s faster, more efficient and more scalable than ever before. Wi-Fi 6 builds on all the strengths of previous generations but includes additional technologies that help you to connect to the internet quickly and efficiently.

Is Wi-Fi 6 different from 802.11ax?

No, they are the same thing. The Wi-Fi Alliance started a campaign to coin the term “Wi-Fi 6” when referring to the IEEE 802.11ax standard. It indicates that it is the sixth generation of Wi-Fi. The premise was to simplify the marketing message to help 802.11ax be better positioned relative to the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards used in cellular (such as 5G).

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What are the benefits of Wi-Fi 6?

  • Wi-Fi 6 can reach speeds of up to 9.6 Gbps, significantly faster than speeds of 3.5 Gbps on Wi-Fi 5. This means more potential speed for each device.
  • Wi-Fi 6 has an enhanced multi-user feature called Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) that allows multiple devices with varying bandwidth needs to be served simultaneously. Under the Wi-Fi 5 generation, such devices would have had to compete to send data.
  • The battery life of devices are improved by a feature called Target Wake Time (TWT). This allows devices to plan out communications with a router; meaning that they can remain inactive until required and prolong their battery life.
  • With a new security protocol called WPA3, Wi-Fi 6 makes it harder for cyber criminals to crack passwords through common techniques like constantly guessing them. Although you can get this feature on previous generations, it is optional whereas it is a requirement for Wi-Fi 6; guaranteeing stronger security.
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What are Prodec's partners saying?

HPE Aruba

“As organisations outfit new buildings or upgrade existing Wi-Fi deployments, the introduction of Aruba’s Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax access points will provide the performance and future proofing needed to deliver enhanced services for years to come. In addition to standards based 802.11ax features, the Aruba advantage includes AI and machine learning that automatically optimizes the network – regardless of user, IoT device or applications being used.”

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“With increased mobility and an explosion of IoT devices on your network, expectations for security and speed have never been higher. Cisco Catalyst 9100 access points exceed the new Wi-Fi 6 wireless standard and provide radio-frequency excellence for high-density environments.”

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Cisco Meraki

“Wi-Fi 6 represents an exciting step change for wireless networking. As well as providing a welcome boost to performance on both the 5 Ghz and 2.4 Ghz bands, a higher density of clients can take advantage of new efficiencies to communicate concurrently, completing their communications faster so that others can get their turn sooner.”

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