What is all the 802.11ax Hype About?

Over the past two decades, we have witnessed massive advancements in Wi-Fi technology. The six different wireless standards have brought ever faster speeds and greater functionality. From 802.11 delivering 2Mbps connectivity to 802.11ac delivering up to 3.47Gbps, the industry has come a long way.

The Results are In – The Federal Wireless Experience is Terrible

**Partner post courtesy of Ruckus.

Today’s federal IT networks are at a crossroads. For too long, government networks have been locked into old technology and have not had the budget to innovate. Current systems are delivering a poor experience – for both end users and IT teams – that prevent technology from enabling the mission as it should.

High-Efficiency Wireless is Coming

Sometime after 2019 Wi-Fi will get a massive speed bump. At present, the fastest theoretical throughput from Wi-Fi routers operating on the 802.11ac standard is 1.3 GBPS. By 2019 with the advent of 802.11ax the speeds will be as little as three times as fast, starting at 3.5 GBPS. With MIMO you can then multiply that by four to receive a maximum theoretical bandwidth of 14 Gbps.

Faster, Faster and Even Faster: 802.11ad

Wi-Fi speeds are about to get faster. A lot faster. As cable and fiber providers are deploying gigabit internet connections to offices and to homes, Wi-Fi has not really been keeping up. While many wireless access points and routers tout gigabit speeds, throughput rarely meets the theoretical speeds that are listed in the specs.

Wi-Fi On The Go

Public Wi-Fi, hotspots. Wi-Fi at airports, train stations, on airplanes, in hotels, shopping malls, coffee shops, restaurants and even in public spaces. Each day you see more and more Wi-Fi being deployed by mobile operators, hotspot operators, and cable operators.