The standard for 802.11ax has now been ratified so the standard is now ready for vendors to check their respective products with.


802.11ax is designed to operate in license-exempt bands between 1 and 7.125 GHz, including the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands already in common use as well as the much wider 6 GHz band (5.925–7.125 GHz in the US)

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Backwards compatibility is continued so that new phones and laptops will be able to use existing access points. 802.11ax becomes more effective only once it becomes more prevalent which will take several years to achieve. More adoption is usually seen after a standard has matured.

Some of the new abilities touted for 802.11ax are found in wave two of 802.11ac. MIMO has been seen with 802.11n but a more complete implementation was found with 802.11ac.

Here at the studio the existing 802.11ax box provided by the cable company is still on the job. The unit has more capability when multiple users are connected due to the larger number of antennas and radio transceivers.

Back when 802.11g was the standard, the only enabled device might be a laptop or two. With the Microsoft MN-700 the studio was able to use the Lenovo T500 machine wirelessly.

Today, however, a household might have 3-5 computers, 3-5 phones, a smart TV, and a smart speaker.

Look ahead access points may juggle connections from 3-5 computers, 3-5 phones, 2-4 smart TVs, 4-6 smart speakers, and 20-30 various IoT devices and appliances deployed throughout the house.

Most speakers and headphones use Bluetooth which works fine in a living room or bedroom etc. Stereo systems are also supporting Bluetooth. Niches are definitely firmly entrenched.

The studio printer is connected by Wi-Fi as a network appliance. Wi-Fi is much faster than Bluetooth. High performance copy/printers on the LAN have a long history from the 1970s when such hardware cost over $100,000. After a few decades the price came down to where even a small studio can take advantage.

The machine offers a walk-up copy capability while a network user may be waiting to print a report which is how offices used to be structured. The fax capability is largely obsolete but local pharmacies still see them in use occasionally when doctors send in new prescriptions etc. A mobile phone emphasises the obsolescence.

The new 802.11ax is simple the latest refinement in existing infrastructure.