Do you need multi-gigabit switches to deploy Wi-Fi 6 access points?

Today, most business and enterprise-class switches have one-gigabit access ports and there are not many multi gigabit switches yet on the market. The ruckus ICX7150-C10ZP-2X10GR is a compact switch that can support 1/2.5/5 and 10Gb and also the new PoH power standard with up to 90W per port.

A 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) AP has the potential of more than one-gigabit throughput. Therefore, a 1 GbE access port could now possibly be the bottleneck to performance for Wi-Fi users. So many of the Wi-Fi 6 AP’s released will support up 2.5 Gbit/s using the multi gigabit ethernet standard NBASE-T / 2.5GBASE-T. Basically you can use the same Cat 5e or Cat6 ethernet cabling at higher speeds up to 100 meters.

All Wi-Fi 6 AP’s will fall back to standard 1Gbit/s and usually feature a second 1Gb only port. There are not many Wi-Fi 6 clients out in the world at this point so saturating a 1Gb port would be very difficult with legacy clients. There is no issue with deploying Wi-Fi 6 AP’s using your current gigabit switches and then plan to upgrade to multi-gigabit at a later time.

One other thing to plan for is PoE most Wi-Fi 6 AP’s require full power 802.3at or PoE+ like the engenius EWS377AP and ruckus R750 . There are a few like the engenius EWS357AP that only need half power 802.3af PoE. And some like the ruckus R730 ultra high density AP need PoH for full 8×8 stream function but will fall back to 4×4 streams with PoE+ power.

Ruckus Wireless releases the R750 a mainstream Wi-Fi 6 Access Point for ultra dense client situations.

Ruckus has just release their second Wi-Fi 6 Access Point the R750.

It is a 4×4 11ax AP with built in radios for BLE and Zigbee. The R750 has dual ethernet ports one supports 1 / 2.5GbE and the secondary secondary 1GbE. The R750 only requires 802.3at PoE+ for full 4 stream operation so you can leverage your current switches.

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EWS377AP a 4×4 high performance Wi-Fi 6 AP from EnGenius

With the release of the EWS377AP EnGenius now has a high performance Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) AP for business networks. The EWS377AP has 4 streams supports 1 and 2.5GbE and only requires a 802.3at PoE+ injector or switch for power. You can configure them stand alone or in a managed network with a EWS switch or ezmaster.

More information here

Why migrate to Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)? Because it is going to be more Efficient.

2019 is the year when Wi-Fi 6 clients are being released we already have some Wi-Fi 6 enabled smartphones in the market and Intels Wireless-AX 22260  Cyclone Peak Wi-Fi chipset is ready for new laptops.

If you are considering a network refresh in the next couple of years, now is the time to begin using 802.11ax / Wi-Fi 6. Wi-Fi 6 becomes more efficient with  OFDMA and Target Wake Time allowing your network to support more 802.11ax clients withe the same number of Access Points.

The efficiency gains in 802.11ax primarily come from using OFDMA in ‘dense’ environments — breaking up a channel into smaller Resource Units (RU) — where each RU is (potentially) for a different user. There are up to 9 users per 20 Mhz channel (so up to 36 users per 80 Mhz channel).

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OFDMA how it makes Wi-Fi 6 Faster and Better

OFDMA is all about using the Wi-Fi 6 Access Points radio in the most efficient way when supporting multiple clients. MU-OFDMA  is the key technology for (802.11ax) / Wi-Fi 6. MU-OFDMA allows the Access Point to talk to multiple client devices at the same time on both the upload and the download!

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