There is a lot of buzz around 5G right now as various players roll out their 5G networks. And while 5G is exciting – the tech promises super-fast download speeds and ultra-low latency for billions of devices – it’s also not quite as important as Wi-Fi is for most people.
In many homes and businesses, Wi-Fi provides the last-mile connectivity that hooks our smartphones, tablets, laptops, and even some desktop computers to the internet.
Developments in this technology, however, don’t get nearly as much attention as things like 5G because Wi-Fi is not quite as sexy or newsworthy.
Wi-Fi 6 is here
And that’s a shame, because there are some genuinely interesting things happening in the Wi-Fi space right now. For instance, the 802.11ax standard is a reality and starting to appear in Wi-Fi routers and access points from all the big vendors.
That’s exciting, because 802.11ax – also known as Wi-Fi 6 – improves upon the previous standard (802.11ac) with faster speeds, capacity for more simultaneous device connections, and lower latencies.
It’s ironic that Wi-Fi 6 isn’t in the news more, then, because those exact advancements are what 5G offers over 4G.
Wi-Fi is important
But whether they know it or not, these things are important to anyone that uses Wi-Fi, because they have the potential to improve the connectivity experience when at home and at work.
Right now, many of us experience connectivity drops when connected to Wi-Fi, speeds aren’t fantastic for things like file transfers and downloads, and these issues are likely caused (in part, at least) by the presence of too many devices trying to connect in a household or office environment.
Don’t rebuild, just tweak
Wi-Fi 6 changes all that. And the best part is, nobody needs to scrap their existing Wi-Fi networks and build them from scratch to take advantage of it, thanks to things like Wi-Fi 6 access points.
These can be deployed on existing networks to spread the Wi-Fi signal around, giving users the benefits of the technology without throwing out what’s already there.
There’s an AP for that
Aruba Networks, a subsidiary of HPE, has recently released such an access point into the South African market, called the Aruba Instant On AP22. It’s an attractively-priced Wi-Fi 6 device aimed squarely at small businesses, and is ideal for hotels, shops, and restaurants.
Plus, it’s future-proof as it can support the incoming wave of IoT devices, and it can be installed as part of a mesh network to spread Wi-Fi coverage into every nook and cranny.
This is all vital, as excellent connectivity inside your business is a great way to get the most from your employees. It’ll also impress your customers with fast, reliable internet access within your premises.
No better time than now
It’s clear that Wi-Fi is just as important as your business’s connection to the wider internet, if not more so.
With Wi-Fi 6 entering the mainstream, and with access points like the Aruba Instant On AP22 readily available, now is a great time to take steps to improve your business’s Wi-Fi connectivity.