“Too much – yet not enough!” - Devin Akin, Founder and Principal Wi-Fi Architect, Divergent Dynamics
While there are many innovative technologies and solutions being introduced at the Network Edge, few garner as much interest than the next generation of Wi-Fi. With over 8 billion Wi-Fi devices globally, Wi-Fi is engrained in every area of our lives – at home, at work, and at leisure. Many now view Wi-Fi as a utility – up there with electricity or water. The thought of having a coffee shop, hotel, or stadium without Wi-Fi nowadays, is on par with them having no coffee, beds, or athletes.
However how much do people really know about the next generation of Wi-Fi - 802.11ax or Wi-Fi 6 as it was recently renamed? Devin Akin, the Principal Wi-Fi Architect at Divergent Dynamics, believes “Too much – yet not enough!” He explains “There is a significant amount of public information on 802.11ax; however, some of it misleading and overstated, and much of it not addressing what people really need to know - What will it mean for my business and when should I upgrade?”
Fortunately, Devin is on a crusade to help answer these questions. Renowned for cutting through marketing fluff and telling it as it is, Devin provides his candid thoughts on claims such as
Devin goes on to explain, “Vendors should take the pole position on helping customers understand what parts of 11ax are useful and what parts are hype. 11ax has a very real potential to positively impact high density networks and organizations if implemented properly, but customers should not be quick to conclude that 11ax technology will instantly catapult their business years into the future. 11ax is incremental technology that will improve protocol efficiency, leading to better handling of high client density and application performance.”
To learn more, listen to the Best Practices: 802.11ax Design and Deployment webinar. It is truly a not-to-be-missed webinar for anyone considering Wi-Fi upgrades anytime soon.
However, education on 802.11ax doesn’t stop there. Extreme is launching an educational series of short technical videos, Are You Ready for 802.11ax?, hosted by Devin, covering all the 802.11ax details you need to know.
Do you still have a burning question on Wi-Fi 6 that you can’t find the answer to? Now you can Ask Devin. Submit your questions today and have them addressed by Devin in an upcoming video update, which we’ll email directly to you.
As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest’. Before you invest in Wi-Fi 6, ensure you understand what it really means for your business.
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This blog was originally authored by Joanne Lennon, Senior Manager of Product Marketing.