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    What is 802.11ax and what benefits does it offer over 802.11ac?

    This is a discussion on What is 802.11ax and what benefits does it offer over 802.11ac? within the General Computing and Internet forums, part of the Community channel category; https://recombu.com/digital/article/...specs-timeline What is 802.11ax WiFi and how does it compare to 802.11ac? Here’s all you need to know about wireless ...

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      What is 802.11ax and what benefits does it offer over 802.11ac?

      https://recombu.com/digital/article/...specs-timeline
      What is 802.11ax WiFi and how does it compare to 802.11ac? Here’s all you need to know about wireless networking with 802.11ax, which will give us the home WiFi network of the future.

      Chances are if you own a house and live with a couple of kids, you’ve already got a dozen or so devices scattered around your home which connect to the internet. Televisions, smart heating systems, phones, tablets, games consoles; they’re all passing data to and from your modem, in some cases rather massive amounts. After all, video streaming via the likes of Netflix is incredibly demanding, especially if you want the splendour of 4K resolution movies and shows.

      By 2022, chipset manufacturer Qualcomm says that many households will have up to 50 connected devices overall. That’s mostly thanks to the Internet Of Things (IoT), which means everything from your fridge to your pet’s collar will have a live link to your mobile devices so you can manipulate them remotely.

      But as many of us have already experienced, a lot of connected devices means some serious strain on your home WiFi router. The result can be a bottle neck, which means slowdown, buffering and drop-outs. Not fun.

      Which is where 802.11ax comes in.

      What is 802.11ax?


      802.11ax is a new WiFi communication standard, designed to cope with a large number of devices at once. 50 different gadgets all demanding a slice of the internet pie shouldn’t be a problem at all, even if they’re using a large amount of data.

      Ready for some techy specs? 802.11ax works on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, and it introduces OFDMA (which stands for the catchy Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access).

      802.11ax vs 802.11ac: What’s the difference?


      So, what advantages does 802.11ax actually offer over the existing 802.11ac standard?

      Well, the main benefit is that 802.11ax offers up to four times the device capacity compared with 802.11ac. In other words, you can connect four times as many streaming boxes, TVs, phones and other online devices at the same time.

      You also get four times the user throughput with 802.11ax, an essential feature if you’re going to be connecting so many gadgets at once. This means you shouldn’t notice slower upload and download speeds than before, even with a lot more devices demanding data.

      Find your current WiFi range quite limiting? The good news is that 802.11ax offers improved coverage, so you can spread your devices out more than ever before. And yet despite all of these improvements, 802.11ax also gives you extended device battery life.

      802.11ax timeline: When will 802.11ax devices and routers come to the UK?


      Qualcomm has just launched the first two 802.11ax compatible chips – the IPQ8074, designed for use in routers, and the QCA6290 designed for use in connected devices such as phones and tablets. However, even though these chips are now a reality, there is no estimated arrival date for the first 802.11ax routers and devices.

      Widespread belief is that 802.11ax will really come into play by 2019, so in good time for Qualcomm’s 2022 estimate!


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      Re: What is 802.11ax and what benefits does it offer over 802.11ac?

      Well ac is working fine here, 55 devices;
      Must admit not all these will be on at the same time, but possibly have been close many times. I'm sure I have forgotten something;

      4 mobiles (work and personal)
      5 tablets (work and personal)
      2 wifi watches
      4 laptops (work and personal, includes 2 windows tablets)
      1 desktop server (wifi and ethernet)
      5 wifi enabled drives and cards
      3 - 1 sky q box and two minis
      5 cctv cameras
      3 weather station devices
      1 chromecast
      2 tvs with wifi access
      2 - amazon echo and 1 dot
      1 robot vacuum
      7 iOT light/plug/other devices
      2 wifi enabled payment terminals for OH that come home for her business.

      5 Do nornally have at least five pieces of test kit that are all wifi for work testing.
      3 Often have visitors that bring a smartphone or even other tablet device, will make that 3 as a minimum.

      Will have to exclude the slingbox as its ethernet only.
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      Re: What is 802.11ax and what benefits does it offer over 802.11ac?

      Quote Originally Posted by lettice View Post
      Well ac is working fine here, 55 devices;
      Must admit not all these will be on at the same time, but possibly have been close many times. I'm sure I have forgotten something;

      4 mobiles (work and personal)
      5 tablets (work and personal)
      2 wifi watches
      4 laptops (work and personal, includes 2 windows tablets)
      1 desktop server (wifi and ethernet)
      5 wifi enabled drives and cards
      3 - 1 sky q box and two minis
      5 cctv cameras
      3 weather station devices
      1 chromecast
      2 tvs with wifi access
      2 - amazon echo and 1 dot
      1 robot vacuum
      7 iOT light/plug/other devices
      2 wifi enabled payment terminals for OH that come home for her business.

      5 Do nornally have at least five pieces of test kit that are all wifi for work testing.
      3 Often have visitors that bring a smartphone or even other tablet device, will make that 3 as a minimum.

      Will have to exclude the slingbox as its ethernet only.
      Blimey Techno House!!
      Back in the day "well my day" I remember us only having one single 240v plug socket in each room! I think there was 2 in the kitchen. Mum used to come in on a Saturday morning and unplug the tele to plug the vacuum in! right in the middle of swap shop! That was me and me brothers que to get outside and play!
      Showing me age now! How times have changed!

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      Re: What is 802.11ax and what benefits does it offer over 802.11ac?

      Of course you do realise that as soon as you went out she quickly finished hoovering and switched over to watch Tiswas.
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      Re: What is 802.11ax and what benefits does it offer over 802.11ac?

      Quote Originally Posted by lettice View Post
      Well ac is working fine here, 55 devices;
      Must admit not all these will be on at the same time, but possibly have been close many times. I'm sure I have forgotten something;

      4 mobiles (work and personal)
      5 tablets (work and personal)
      2 wifi watches
      4 laptops (work and personal, includes 2 windows tablets)
      1 desktop server (wifi and ethernet)
      5 wifi enabled drives and cards
      3 - 1 sky q box and two minis
      5 cctv cameras
      3 weather station devices
      1 chromecast
      2 tvs with wifi access
      2 - amazon echo and 1 dot
      1 robot vacuum
      7 iOT light/plug/other devices
      2 wifi enabled payment terminals for OH that come home for her business.

      5 Do nornally have at least five pieces of test kit that are all wifi for work testing.
      3 Often have visitors that bring a smartphone or even other tablet device, will make that 3 as a minimum.

      Will have to exclude the slingbox as its ethernet only.
      I feel positively low-tech reading this.

      I have ethernet everywhere, then on wifi I have:

      2 mobile phones;
      2 laptops;
      2 ipads;
      2 kindle tablets;
      2 Sky Q boxes.

      No danger of N or AC being exhausted here!
      Please note the views and recommendations in my posts are my own and in no way reflect the views of Sky

     

     

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