New IQxel-M from LitePoint helps speed wireless devices to market

What is Wi-Fi 6?

Published: 26th August 2020

Here we take a quick look at the latest 802.11 standard and what it means for testing.

Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) is the next generation wireless LAN standard. Previous versions of 802.11 have been all about speed, but the new 802.11ax is different. Wi-Fi 6 is about efficiency and speed as well as providing that speed to multiple users at the same time.

Why the need for a new Wi-Fi standard?

The Wi-Fi spectrum is very crowded and previous standards weren’t designed for dense networks with multiple users. 802.11ax puts Wi-Fi into the same league as cellular 4G (LTE) enabling 2x higher throughput and 10x higher data capacity.

So will we notice any difference?

For the Wi-Fi user at home in the suburbs probably not. But in densely packed urban areas and buildings (airports, stadiums etc) users can expect a noticeable improvement in performance.

How does 802.11ax achieve these improvements?

Efficiency is being increased through the introduction of the Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) digital modulation scheme for uplink and downlink, which is already used in 4G and 5G cellular networks.

Previous Wi-Fi technology was based on one-on-one device-to-access point (AP) conversations but Wi-Fi 6 changes that to multi-user simultaneous support through the use of OFDMA

So what does this mean for Wi-Fi testing?

802.11ax introduces a great deal of complexity, bringing up some new challenges. More complex standards means more complex testing, with the potential of slowing down throughput and increasing costs for manufacturers.

We’ll discuss these challenges in greater detail in a forthcoming blog, as well as going through how to solve them.

MCS Test are the approved UK partner for LitePoint
Content source: https://www.litepoint.com/8021...

802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6 & 6E)

As the next-generation of Wi-Fi, 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) is designed for our everything-and-everyone connected world. Previous generations of Wi-Fi have been about speed, 802.11ax is about efficiency and speed and providing that speed to multiple users at the same time.

Read More about 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6 & 6E)

You Might also like

Wireless Test Sets

Testing UWB’s New Features

Wireless technologies that enable new micro-location capabilities are expanding use-cases of applications, including those that demand a higher level of security. In the automotive industry, for example, there is a demand for a more secure authentication between the car and the key fob.

Read more
Lite Point I Qxel MX

Introducing LitePoint IQxel-MX High Performance 802.11be Test System

The fastest Wi-Fi generation requires the best performing test solution and LitePoint has developed the IQxel-MX test platform with industry-leading performance.

Read more
Abstract technology or medical background with hexagons shape pattern

An Introduction to the 5G Small Cell

By 2026, the Small Cell Forum expects that 38.3 million small cells will be deployed, with the bulk of those deployments coming from enterprises, followed by urban and rural service provider environments.

Read more

Sign up for the MCS Newsletter

You will receive all the latest test & measurement news and rental offers.