Standards Showdown: 802.11 Standards Side-by-Side

July 20, 2017 at 8:00 AM

 

The IEEE is almost always working on another new amendment to the 802.11 Wi-Fi standard. We now have nearly as many 802.11 standards as there are letters in the alphabet, and keeping them straight can get confusing. Fortunately, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of all of the 802.11 standards, old and new, for easy reference. 

 

Catch the Wave - 802.11ac Wave 2

October 6, 2016 at 8:00 AM

 

The world of technology has a certain ebb and flow. As soon as the newest technological development comes ashore, it quickly becomes outdated and is overcome by the next best thing. As markets dictate, the tides are turning again and 802.11ac Wave 2 will come crashing in taking over where 802.11ac Wave 1 left off.

 

802.11ac Wave 2 technology builds upon 802.11ac Wave 1 with significant enhancements including faster speeds, multi-user capability, easier delivery of large files and greater overall performance. Wave 2 has the performance enhancements needed to connect a massive influx of next generation mobile devices to Wi-Fi networks. As a superset of Wave 1, 802.11ac Wave 2 supports all data rates of Wave 1 and is backward compatible with previous 802.11 standards including 802.11n.

 

Here is a side-by side comparison showing how Wave 2 stands up against Wave 1 and the benefits that go along with it.

That’s a Wrap: Our Top Posts of 2015

December 24, 2015 at 8:00 AM

 

As another year comes to a close, so does another chapter of our blog, the Engineering Hub. The purpose of this blog is to keep you in the loop with what is going on in the world of wired and wireless technology. With that purpose in mind, here is a recap of what was trending with our readers in 2015.

 

And the winners are……………

 

 

1.       Look out ZigBee here comes 802.11ah

 

This year the IEEE worked towards finalizing the new 802.11ah standard, an exciting development in the world of wireless sensor networking and strong competition for ZigBee technology.  This post discusses all of the benefits of 802.11ah and what it means for the world of wireless networking technology.  (Read more)

 

 

 

2.       Breaking the sound barrier with 802.11ax


If you thought 802.11ac was cool with its 1 Gbps speeds and MU-MIMO capabilities, 802.11ax will blow your mind. This next iteration in high performance Wi-Fi connectivity promises accelerated performance and is projected to make its debut in 2019. (Read more)

 

 


3.       Cat6a… your path to 10 gig over copper


The path to 10 Gbps is now paved with copper! Cat6a cables, couplers and adapters can transmit at speeds of up to 10 Gigabits per second! Check out this post to see how Cat6a compares to Cat6 and fiber cabling, and take a look at what it can do for your network.  (Read more)

 

 

 

4.       Six Facts you need to know about 802.11ac wave2


The next surge of 802.11 technology is upon us with the launch of 802.11ac Wave 2.  This latest version of the 802.11 standard addresses challenges facing the Wi-Fi industry by building upon 802.11ac Wave 1.  Here, we present 6 facts you should know about 802.11ac Wave 2.

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5.       Industrial Ethernet networks, what you need to know


Test your knowledge and get answers to all of your questions about Industrial Ethernet networks with this blog post. Our Industrial Ethernet white paper explores the benefits and advantages of Industrial Ethernet, and explains how Industrial Ethernet has evolved into a wide-spread technology that is implemented all over the world. (Read more)

6 Facts You Need to Know About 802.11ac Wave 2

July 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM


The next surge of 802.11 technology is upon us with the launch of 802.11ac Wave 2.  This latest version of the 802.11 standard addresses challenges facing the Wi-Fi industry by building upon 802.11ac Wave 1 with significant enhancements including higher speeds, faster connections and greater overall performance.  

 

 Here are 6 facts you should know about 802.11ac Wave 2:

 

1Super Speed

802.11ac Wave 2 promises more speed, which is always a benefit for Wi-Fi users.  The wireless velocities of Wave 2 will be more than twice as fast as Wave 1, 7.8 Gbps vs. 3.47 Gbps. This means faster video and voice streaming and smoother sailing for the ever-increasing number of Wi-Fi devices.

 

2. Multi-user multiple input, multiple output (MU-MIMO)

This groundbreaking technology being introduced with 802.11ac Wave 2 allows simultaneous communication for multiple user devices with less congestion and easier access to a faster network.

 

3. Optional use of 160-MHz-wide channels  

Lightning fast delivery of large files means 802.11ac Wave 2 will give you faster access to what you need, when you need it.

 

4. Fourth spatial stream

802.11ac Wave 2 can support four transmitting and receiving antennas compared to previous versions that were only able to support three receiving antennas. More antennas equal greater distance and greater performance.

 

5. Additional 5GHz channels

Worldwide, there are approximately 37 channels in the 5GHz frequency, some of which have not been allowed for Wi-Fi use.  As limitations change, 802.11 Wave 2 will be able to access more of those channels. This will provide greater bandwidth, less interference and support more devices and applications.

 

6. Backward compatibility

802.11ac Wave 2 is a superset of 802.11ac Wave 1, so it supports all data rates of Wave 1 and is backward compatible with previous 802.11 standards including 802.11n.

 

802.11ac Wave 2 is equipped to handle the next generation of mobile devices and the massive influx of those devices accessing Wi-Fi networks. As 802.11ac Wave 2 surges forward, L-com will have all the details and products you need to catch the wave.

 

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