WiFi 6: A new era for wireless networks, a new era for Plasma CloudPosted on - 28.07.21
Nowadays, WiFi is all around us and considered a necessity. Just think about your home and all those devices connecting to the Internet daily. Even if you are not the most techie person, chance is you still have mobile phones, laptops, tablets, TVs, speakers, and maybe even a few IoT devices connected to your home network. Now, try multiplying this for every house, school, hotel, and enterprise in your city – or in your whole country. Sounds like a lot of connected devices, right? And it is a lot. Today, WiFi is truly everywhere and deeply embedded in our day-to-day life. Thus, it is not surprising that all of us simply expect it to always work and deliver great performance.
With more than one device per user, increasing bandwidth-intensive content and the surge in adoption of IoT, augmented and virtual reality technologies, WiFi had to change to meet a whole lot of new requirements:
- It needs to be efficient and interference-free in increased client density scenarios; and
- It needs to reliably sustain a diverse range of new high throughput applications.
Basically, we currently expect WiFi to offer continuous connectivity with no bottlenecks nor performance degradation. The new WiFi standard, WiFi 6 or 802.11ax, was created to meet such requirements. This ensures your networks are ready to better handle client needs of the present, as well as of the future.
Benefits and capabilities
Following in-depth studies on real-world environments and WiFi trends, WiFi 6 was designed to meet the needs of clients of today and tomorrow. It provides higher data rates, increased network capacity, enhanced performance in dense environments, and improved power management. More specifically, WiFi 6:
Boosts the average throughput per user in dense environments by four times, improving overall user experience and apps performance;
Delivers 40% higher maximum throughput for a single connected client with best-in-class Gigabit speeds for your deployment;
Increases overall network efficiency and provides more extensive WiFi coverage by enabling devices to tune out noise from other networks and reduce signal interference;
Works better with IoT devices and other clients, as it efficiently extends their battery life, all while delivering faster performance.
The key capabilities permitting WiFi 6 to provide such a large array of extraordinary improvements include:
- The overhaul of WiFi on the 2.4 GHz band,
- The enhanced data transmission thanks to the orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) architecture,
- The improved data management with the multi-user multiple input multiple output (MU-MIMO) protocol,
- The increase WiFi link capacity with the 1024 quadrature amplitude modulation (1024-QAM), and
- Longer battery life with the inclusion of target wake time (TWT).
More information can be found in this article by the Wi-Fi Alliance.
With the second generation of WiFi 6 chipsets finally hitting the market at a lower price point, Plasma Cloud is now ready to join the WiFi 6 revolution as well. This allows our customers to leverage the power of the newest technology advancements without breaking the bank. Dear customers, welcome to Plasma Cloud’s WiFi 6 networking!
Seize the future of networking, on a budget
Plasma Cloud offers an affordable cloud-managed turnkey solution to cover all needs in and around your network. All our mesh capable Access Points are budget bundled with free & powerful cloud management. You do not need to break the bank with expensive hardware and monthly fees. Make your networks extraordinary with Plasma Cloud’s brand new WiFi 6 Access Point, the PAX1800.
The PAX1800 is the first Access Point of the PAX series, which focuses on the latest WiFi 6 technology. It is a dual band & dual stream 802.11ax WiFi device in a compact weather resistant housing.
The PAX1800 is Plasma Cloud’s WiFi 6 universal solution for almost any setup. It may serve as an office or hotel WiFi backbone, coffee shop hotspot and outdoor WiFi extension. It also shines brightly in high density and high throughput demand scenarios, such as in schools, universities, airports and shopping malls.
Regardless of where you want to place the device – on a wall, ceiling grid, pole, or outdoors – the universal installer kit included in every Access Point box facilitates the installation. Easily pluggable mounting options got you covered for every scenario.
Have a look at some of its key features:
- 2.4 GHz 802.11ax and 5 GHz 802.11ax concurrent WiFi;
- Zero config, plug-and-play networking;
- Free cloud-based web console for complete management;
- Water and dust resistant with an IP55 rating;
- Sleek and minimal design to easily blend into the environment.
More pictures, technical information as well as a datasheet are available on the PAX1800 product page, which you can explore at your own convenience.