What is Wi-Fi 6?
Wi-Fi 6 What Nonprofits Need to Know, Wi-Fi 6 is designed to improve network speed and performance in a number of ways. One of the main ways it does this is by using orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) technologies. OFDMA allows Wi-Fi 6 devices to transmit data to multiple devices simultaneously rather than transmitting to each device one at a time. This can significantly increase the overall speed and efficiency of the network, especially in environments with many devices connected.
Also uses Target Wake Time (TWT) technology to reduce the time devices spend transmitting data. TWT allows devices to schedule their transmissions in advance, so they can “sleep” for longer periods between transmissions. This can help to reduce power consumption and interference on the network.
Wi-Fi 6 also uses a higher-order modulation scheme called 1024-QAM, which allows it to transmit more data in each transmission. This can also contribute to faster overall network speeds.
Introduces a new frequency band, the 6 GHz band, which is intended to help alleviate congestion on the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. This can also contribute to faster and more reliable network speeds.
Why should nonprofits switch to Wi-Fi 6
There are several reasons why a nonprofit organization might consider switching to Wi-Fi 6:
- Improved performance: Wi-Fi 6 delivers faster speeds and lower latency than previous generations of Wi-Fi, making it more suitable for applications that require a fast response time, such as video conferencing or online collaboration tools.
- Better efficiency: Uses Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) technologies that allow multiple devices to communicate with the router simultaneously, improving efficiency and reducing congestion. This can be particularly beneficial for nonprofits with a large number of connected devices.
- Enhanced security: Wi-Fi 6 includes improved security features such as WPA3, a more secure version of the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) security protocol. This helps to protect sensitive data and protect against cyber threats.
- Futureproofing: Wi-Fi 6 is the latest generation of Wi-Fi technology, and as such, it is likely to be supported by new devices for the foreseeable future. This ensures that the organization's network can accommodate new technologies as they are developed.
Switching to Wi-Fi 6 provides various benefits for nonprofit organizations, including improved performance, enhanced security, and futureproofing.
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