Wi-Fi 6 is the latest specification standard from the Wi-Fi Alliance — and a vital migration for enterprises that want to digitally transform their operations. But before moving to Wi-Fi 6, work these five considerations into your migration strategy.
Accessibility note: The infographic is transcribed below the graphic.
Infographic text included for screen readers:
Wi-Fi 6 is the latest specification standard from the Wi-Fi Alliance — and a vital migration for enterprises that want to digitally transform their operations. Compared to earlier iterations of wireless networking technology, Wi-Fi 6 provides the capabilities needed to compete in today’s business environment. Before moving to Wi-Fi 6, work these five considerations into your migration strategy:
Every Access Point (AP) model behaves differently in your environment, including its ability to transmit signals to the far reaches of the office space.
Leverage a wireless/radiofrequency planning tool and test the following to see how the new APs will behave, especially when migrating to Wi-Fi 6 from non-802.11AC, or from 802.11AC Wave 1 and 2 technologies:
Next, perform either a predictive or on-site RF design for the space to ensure adequate coverage and to meet application requirements.
Also, remember the cabling if an RF design results in adding or relocating current APs.
Because of this increase, you will see an increased demand on your network.
New technologies come with new challenges. Wi-Fi 6 security enhancements include WPA3:
However, it is still relatively new to the market. As with any new technology, it takes time for wireless devices to catch up. Many corporate networks will remain on WPA2 networks for years to come. For now, consider leveraging WPA2 with stronger security mechanisms like 802.1x, rather than pre-shared keys, to greatly improve your security posture.
Managing APs and wireless controllers individually can be daunting. Some of the newer solutions for enterprise networks feature advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning, which:
Many management solutions can incorporate the management, monitoring, and configuration of the entire network stack. Consider integrated solutions to drive even more growth in operational efficiencies.
In a perfect world, after the network is installed — and you performed and implemented a proper RF design — it should function like a well-oiled machine.
However, depending on the requirements for the original design, channel assignment, transmit power levels, and other areas might need to be tuned to get the most out of the network. It’s a good idea to perform a follow-up assessment to optimize the infrastructure.