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Your Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) checklist

Wi-Fi 6, or 802.11ax, is an exciting new step for wireless. Wi-Fi is the primary access method for networks, and that trend will only rise as the number of Wi-Fi devices is predicted to grow to 26 billion by 2020.

What will Wi-Fi 6 do for my network? Wi-Fi 6 delivers higher effective speeds and will support more devices enabling new business models and applications including:

Support for new applications such as live streaming 4K and 8K video or augmented or virtual reality providing a truly immersive experience.

Seamless connectivity with an increase in throughput for newer applications and a better user experience.

Increased network capacity to accommodate more devices including the IoT explosion.

Prepare your wired network for the increased traffic that Wi-Fi 6 will bring.

With three times the performance of 802.11ac, Wi-Fi 6 will drive more capacity on Ethernet cables beyond 1 Gigabit. Consider upgrading to switches that support Multigigabit and upgrading from PoE to PoE+ or Cisco UPOE®.

Prepare for more Wi-Fi 6 clients on the network.  

More clients means more complexity. We recommend Cisco DNA solutions such as SD-Access, Cisco DNA Assurance and the new Cisco® Catalyst® 9800 Series Wireless Controllers, which are Wi-Fi 6 ready.

With users expecting an immersive experience, and with IoT becoming the new mobile, we are now more dependent on Wi-Fi than ever. Cisco’s first Wi-Fi 6 Access Point, the Catalyst 9100 along with the Catalyst 9800 Series controllers, will expand wireless access with intelligence and provide a secure, reliable, high-quality wireless experience for all networks. With superior RF innovations and Cisco’s Intent-based networking architecture, you will be ready for the growing user expectations, IoT devices and next-gen cloud-driven applications.