Planning for Next-Gen Wi-Fi 6E

On April 23rd, the FCC released 1,200MHz (1.2GHz) of spectrum for unlicensed use in the 6Ghz band, greatly extending the amount of bandwidth for Wi-Fi and other unlicensed technologies.

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This epic release of spectrum, the largest in 20 years, accelerates the growth of IoT. Additional spectrum means less interference and lower latency, which will ultimately offer wireless networks higher performance and faster speeds. Wi-Fi has typically been erating in 600MHz bandwith at 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.

The added spectrum of 1.2GHz will provide a significant improvement in the performance of your Wi-Fi network once the Wi-Fi 6E devices are available. Devices are expected to be available at the end of this year; however, the Wi-Fi Alliance will offer certification programs for Wi-Fi 6E compliancy in Q1 2021. With all the additional bandwidth, there’s potentially more flexibility for channel bonding and less interference. Today, 4G LTE mobile carriers encourage the offload to current Wi-Fi infrastructures, and we will undoubtably experience 5G mobile offload to Wi-Fi 6E.

Consider the cabling infrastructure. Continuing to use Cat 5e and Cat 6 cabling will not be adequate for the support of next-generation high-speed Wi-Fi technologies. Best practice is the installation of two Cat 6a cables for each wireless access point for future technology requirements. For example, ANSI/BICSI 004-2018 Wireless Local Area Network WLAN) Systems Design and Implementation Best Practices states, “If balanced twisted-pair cabling is used, the cabling shall, at a minimum, meet Category 6A/Class EA performance.” Additionally, “two horizontal links are recommended for each AP.”

Similarly, current TSB-162-A Telecommunications Cabling Guidelines for Wireless Access Points recommend Cat 6A/Class EA performance, adding to follow the performance testing outlined in the most current TIA-568.C. Other documents are subsequently recommending the same arrangement, two Cat 6a cables to each Wi-Fi access point.

Modernize your wireless physical installation methods to prepare for the future downloading the Planning for Next-Gen Wi-Fi 6E document