Wi-Fi 6E: When its coming and what its good for

This spring the FCC opened up a new swath of unlicensed wireless spectrum in the 6GHz band thats intended for use with Wi-Fi and can prepare lower latency and faster data rates. The new spectrum also has a shorter range and supports more channels than bands that were already dedicated to Wi-Fi making it suitable for deployment in high-density areas like stadiums.

Wi-Fi resources

  • Test and review of 4 Wi-Fi 6 routers: Whos the fastest?
  • How to determine if Wi-Fi 6 is right for you
  • Five questions to reply precedently deploying Wi-Fi 6

To further apprehend what Wi-Fi 6E is and how it differs from Wi-Fi 6 I recently talked with Perry Correll ruler of fruit treatment for networking solutions vendor Extreme Networks.

Kerravala: Wi-Fi 6 seems to be getting a lot of hype but not Wi-Fi 6E. Why?

Correll: Theres so much confusion almost all the 666 numbers itll terrify you to departure. Youve got Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E – and Wi-Fi 6 quiet has additional enhancements coming behind that with multi-user multiple input multiple output (multi-user MIMO) functionalities. Then theres the 6GHz spectrum but thats not where Wi-Fi 6 gets its name from: Its the sixth age of Wi-Fi. On top of all that we are just getting a feel 5G and there already talking almost 6G – seriously look it up – its going to get even more confusing.

Kerravala: Why do we need Wi-Fi 6E versus customary Wi-Fi 6?