Updated: Jun 5, 2020
WHAT IS WIFI 6 / 802.11ax?
802.11ax – is also called High-Efficiency Wireless (HEW) or WiFi 6
This is a new naming standard set by the Wi-Fi Alliance, with previous generations now being known as WiFi 5 (802.11ac) and WiFi 4 (802.11n).
Technically, Wi-Fi 6 will have a single-user data rate that is 37% faster than 802.11ac, but what’s more significant is that the updated specification will offer four times the throughput per user in crowded environments, as well as better power efficiency which should translate to a boost in device battery life.
Backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Applies to both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
Increases 4X the average throughput per user in high-density scenarios, such as train stations, airports and stadiums.
Improves traffic flow and channel access
Better power management for longer battery life
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
802.11ax is all about improving efficiency, with the goal to improve average throughput per user by a factor of at least 4X in dense user environments. This new standard focuses on implementing mechanisms to serve more users a consistent and reliable stream of data (average throughput) in the presence of many other users.
DOES EKAHAU SUPPORT WIFI 6 / 802.11ax?
Hardware: All current survey hardware is capable of surveying 802.11ax networks, including Ekahau Sidekick and Ekahau SA-1.
Software: Ekahau Pro (version 10) software fully supports planning, surveying and optimising Wi-Fi 6/802.11ax networks.
HOW DOES EKAHAU SUPPORT WIFI 6 / 802.11ax?
Plan in 3D using 802.11ax AP's from all major WiFi vendors.
Surveying and analyse 802.11ax networks, displaying PHY type, MCS rates, and number of spatial streams.
Use the Ekahau Sidekick to perform detailed spectrum analysis, with sub carrier level detail with a resolution bandwidth of 78.125 kHz.
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