Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6e or Wi-Fi 7 What to Know Before You Upgrade?

What is Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi is the most popular non-license wireless technology frequency used by computers, tablets, smartphones and many other devices.  How did we get to this latest version Wi-Fi which is seven (7)?

This graph illustrate the progression of Wi-Fi since it was called Wireless Fidelity.

GenerationIEEE StandardMax Link RateYear AdoptedFrequency
Wi-Fi 7802.11be40,000TBA2.4/5/6 GHz
Wi-Fi 6E802.11ax600 to 960820202.4/5/6 GHz
Wi-Fi 6802.11ax600 to 960820192.4/5 GHz
Wi-Fi 5802.11ac433 to 693320145 GHz
Wi-Fi 4802.11n72 to 60020082.4 GHz
Wi-Fi 3*802.11g6 to 5420032.4 / 5 GHz
Wi-Fi 3*802.11a6 to 5419992.4 GHz
Wi-Fi 3*802.11b1 to 1119992.4 GHz
Wi-Fi 3*802.111 to 219972.4 GHz

How to know when to upgrade?

It depends on what is important for your organization or home and the type of usage that is common among the users. Usually an IT professional analysis can help you find that information from your existing network router. Most professionally structured networks will have data saved up about users’ behavior and network connection types (i.e. wired or wireless).

Consider These Before Your Upgrade Your Wi-Fi Generation

  1. Speed
  2. Number of connected devices
  3. Type of usages
  4. Physical location
  5. Internet services type
  6. Network equipment hardware
  7. Location ethernet cable
  8. Security
  9. Budget

Speed

You should know how much of the network speed is reduced by your Wi-Fi connection. Most importantly, how much speed reduces from various spots in the building. Information like this can be obtain through a Wi-Fi diagnostic.

convo technologies wi-fi speed

Number of connected devices

The number of IP devices connected to your Wi-Fi can have a tremendous effect on the connection for users. Many households and companies now have printers, appliances, TVs etc… connected through Wi-Fi instead of wired. These equipment must be connected to the network but not necessarily wireless devices.

type of usage

Type of Usage

Knowing the type of data used through the Wi-Fi is very important. This can help you understand how much dependence you have on your wireless network.

Physical Location

Your physical location plays an important role on the Wi-Fi performance. It can also limits your wireless network architecture design. If you are in a location where you share the available frequencies with many other wireless equipment, your wireless network must be designed according to this limitation. If you are in a location where all the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz are readily available, you can design a network as you see fit. However, most businesses are located in the cities and suburbs. What that may mean to you, is that those businesses in your proximity share that 2.4 and 5 GHz frequency bandwidth which limits your frequency ability.

Internet Service Provider

You can only get the internet your service provider offers. Internet speed is limited by your service providers.

Existing Network Equipment

Your existing network equipment must support your wireless system and vice versa. Most wireless networks share routers with the wired networks.

Existing Cable Infrastructure

Your ethernet and fiber optics cable play a significant role with your wireless network . Again, your IT professional will diagnose these things.

Security

Businesses now cannot do anything online without security concern, that include wireless connection. If a hacker want to get into your network system, your wireless connection is usually a preferred choice. Your wireless network are always more securer with the update Wi-Fi generations

wifi security

Budget $$$

Know how much your can spend as it will affect every aspect of the infrastructure.

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