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The world loves all things wireless, and this love affair has consumed all the high-value spectrum below 6 GHz. In an effort to continue to meet the demand for more capacity the industry is looking to the millimeter-wave bands, and specifically the V-band up at 60 GHz. This band provides 14 GHz (57-71 in the U.S.) of unlicensed spectrum and its use has been standardized by the IEEE as 802.11ad and ay. The early focus of this spectrum was on residential broadband deployments to better compete with fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) services. We are now seeing a move toward using the V-band for indoor enterprise backbone applications. This band provides a great deal of spectrum, but one must be aware of the propagation challenges when operating at these frequencies. They can be summarized as follows:

1) Free space path loss (FSPL), as defined by Friis, increases as the square of the frequency plus the square of the distance.

Free Space Path Loss (dB) = 20log10(d) + 20log10(f) + 92.45 — where d is in kilometers and f is in GHz

While the math might seem interesting, why do we see greater path loss in the high-frequency bands? It turns out that it all comes down to the size of the receive antenna. At 60 GHz, the optimum antenna size is less than 1/2 a wavelength or about 2-millimeters, whereas, at 6 GHz, it’s an order of magnitude larger. This number gets squared for antenna sizing, and the bigger the antenna the more energy that gets captured. So, yes, a V-band signal will see an additional 20 dB of path loss as compared to a 6 GHz signal, and it doesn’t matter whether you are going 2 feet or 2 kilometers. It’s all about the size of the receive antenna. While this might sound like a negative, it really isn’t.

2) Path loss from foliage is always hard to estimate as it depends on the type of tree, the thickness of the canopy, proximity to the radio, wind, moisture in the leaves, and frequency of the RF signal. There is a very good ITU paper on the subject with an excellent chart that estimates the loss you can expect with different frequencies. Foliage is never your friend, and it gets worse as you move into the millimeter-wave bands. One great way to eliminate the problems with trees is to operate indoors.

Attenuation in Vegetation (PDF)

3) Path loss from rain is almost totally nonexistent in the bands below 6 GHz, but as you move up into the millimeter-wave bands, it becomes quite severe. At 60 GHz, you can expect about 10 dB per kilometer of loss from heavy rain, which is defined as 50 mm/hour. There is an excellent report by the FCC (Bulletin #70) that provides a lot more detail on rain fade and general atmospheric challenges. Again, this is eliminated by operating indoors where you are well away from the elements.

FCC Bulletin #70 (PDF)

4) Non-line of sight (NLoS) represents all sorts of problems for the V-band because diffraction becomes much less of a factor above 10 GHz, which means multipath comes down to reflection, and reflection requires a smooth surface. A rough surface produces a much more diffuse reflection. The end result is that the millimeter bands are going to struggle in any non-line of sight situation beyond about 100 meters. A great way around this problem is to relay the signal using intermediate nodes (repeaters). These nodes can extend the range of the signal and punch through wood, glass, sheetrock, and most other building materials at short distances.

5) Oxygen absorption is a real problem up around 60 GHz, with path loss equal to 20 dB per kilometer. This greatly reduces the range of the signal, but greatly increases the spectral reuse. In high-capacity density situations, the more limited the RF propagation, the greater the spectral reuse, and very high spectral reuse enables an enormous amount of wireless network capacity. In a 60,000 square foot office building the same V-band channel can be used dozens of times without any noticeable co-channel interference. Try that with the Wi-Fi bands down at 2.4 and 5.8 GHz.

6) One great advantage with the V-band is that beamforming is easy to implement because the antenna elements (see section #1) are smaller than a thumbtack and a large phased-array can be packed into a very small enclosure. This enables the transmitter to focus a very narrow beam at the receiver. By creating a narrow beam it is possible to greatly increase the gain as seen by the receiver, which helps overcome a lot of the free space path loss (FSPL) while at the same time limiting co-channel interference. These large arrays also greatly increase the receive sensitivity.

7) This all sounds great, but what about interference? The V-band consists of unlicensed spectrum which opens up the possibility of interference from neighbor networks. This is not a problem with indoor deployments because the very limited propagation characteristics at these frequencies will prevent signals from outside your building, or even on another floor within your building, from leaking over into your deployment. Control over real estate gives you all the protection required. There is a very good whitepaper by the Facebook team for the Telecom Infrastructure Project (TIP) that looks at attenuation at 60 GHz for different types of building materials. The primary building material encountered within an office building is sheetrock which is easily penetrated by V-band signals (see chart on page 1).

TIP mmWave Networks Analysis (PDF)

These RF characteristics make the V-band ideally suited to indoor applications where there is no rain or foliage, interference is non-existent, and very high spectral reuse enables a great deal of wireless network capacity. As with everything wireless, there is no substitute for a field trial of the technology. Today’s enterprise customers will be making use of frequencies in the low-band, mid-band, and V-band. Each has value, but make sure to use the right tool for the job.

The Rise of the All-Wireless Enterprise

In the 20 years since Wi-Fi first emerged, it has rapidly reshaped the networking world.  It is now the primary method for data access in enterprise and residential applications worldwide.  Because of the huge success of Wi-Fi, there is no longer a requirement to pull copper cable to every desktop which fundamentally changes the nature of in-building networking.  Wi-Fi will soon be joined by private 5G cellular networks that run in the CBRS band (in the U.S.) and will greatly improve in-building cellular service.  CBRS uses a very special licensing regime that allows the enterprise to easily acquire the needed spectrum.  The move to the all-wireless enterprise is well underway, but its success depends on spectrum.

The FCC has been hard at work opening up new spectrum for both licensed and unlicensed use.  Their latest effort involves spectrum sharing in the band between 5.925 – 7.125 GHz.  This represents 1.2 GHz of spectrum and the IEEE has wasted no time extending 802.11ax (aka Wi-Fi 6) to operate in the 6 GHz band. This extension is now known as Wi-Fi 6E and merchant silicon is on its way.  Note: Wi-Fi 6 and 6E are certification programs within the Wi-Fi Alliance.

The emergence of Wi-Fi 6 and 6E and the opening up of 1.2 GHz of new spectrum is creating a wireless perfect storm.  The tremendous throughput of this technology, approaching 10 Gbps (theoretical), is made possible by using 160 MHz wide channels, advanced beamforming techniques, and multi-user MIMO (aka spatial multiplexing).  The latter enables a single access point to communicate with as many as 8 users at the SAME time over the SAME RF channel.  Each of these data streams can approach 1 Gbps, which means a 30,000 square feet office building with 150 heavy data users can easily be supported with half a dozen Wi-Fi 6E Access Points, and with 7 non-overlapping 160 MHz channels in the 6 GHz band, there is no meaningful interference.  This fundamentally changes the nature of enterprise in-building networking.  No more having to pull wire to every desktop, now it’s about connecting a handful of broadband access points back to the wiring closet.

So, what is the optimum way to backhaul Wi-Fi 6/6E and private 5G cellular access points?

One option is to use shielded CAT6A cable with a solid core and a plenum rating.  This is more expensive, thicker, and harder to pull than CAT5, but it can deliver the throughput required for Wi-Fi 6 and 6E AP’s and it can support PoE (power-over-Ethernet) at distances up to 100 meters.  As a result, CAT6A has become the default structured cabling solution in most new enterprise builds, but it has its limitations.

  1. Moves, adds, and changes (MAC) can be extremely problematic as it involves techs pulling wire through ceilings and walls, and change is the only certainty in today’s enterprise.
  2. Installs take a long time, especially in a retrofit. It’s not just the time spent pulling wire, but the time it takes to get on the contractor’s calendar.
  3. It’s not consistent with an increasingly mobile workforce. The network must be as agile as the workforce it supports, and the use of copper cable tends to fix the location of Wi-Fi AP’s.
  4. It can be very expensive to deploy in certain situations

There is a very good paper by Siemon called Zone Cabling for Cost Savings (14-11-10-zone-cabling-for-cost-savings.pdf) that looks at the cost to deploy different types of structured cabling.  Shielded CAT6A with a solid core and a plenum rating is seen as the optimum enterprise solution, but @ a cost of over $500 per drop (installed).  The cost to pull wire is dominated by the cost of labor, which can vary greatly depending on location.  Because labor is such a big part of the equation, the normal practice is to add a second drop during the install.  It doesn’t cost much more to double up on the cables once the techs are onsite, but if you have to come back later it can get very expensive.  This does have an impact on the quoted cost per drop.  In the example above, it is approx. $500 per drop because the cost is amortized over 72 drops to 36 different locations.  If the goal is to connect a single broadband access point, then a single drop is more than enough.  The Siemon paper also looked at the cost of moves, adds, and changes, which can get very expensive even with a zone cabling approach.

The bottom line when pulling cable is that it’s usually best to overbuild in hopes of avoiding expensive moves, adds, and changes in the future.  The chart below is from that report.

The emergence of millimeter-wave technology operating in the V-band offers a compelling option to legacy wired solutions.  There is enough spectrum in these bands (14 GHz) to match the throughput of fiber, but with all the flexibility of a wireless solution.  Note: the FCC has also been busy opening up spectrum in the millimeter-wave bands.

  • V-band standards (802.11ad and ay) from the IEEE have enabled the merchant silicon industry to develop the needed chipsets
  • The V-band is well suited to indoor deployments as it avoids rain, foliage, and long distances, all of which are a problem at 60 GHz
  • Moves, adds, and changes become effortless when using radios to backhaul Wi-Fi 6/6E AP’s
  • Advanced antenna technology and wide channels enable the technology to backhaul at rates approaching 10 Gbps. See the blog titled “7 Reasons to Love the V-band” for more on antenna technology.
  • It’s a perfect fit when the density of endpoints is fairly low as is the case with powerful Wi-Fi 6/6E AP’s.
  • There is NO need to overbuild as it is easy to add capacity at a later date.
  • Expect millimeter-wave radios to be very cost-effective, and to operate in ring configurations for reliability and even lower cost.

CAT6 should continue to do just fine in data centers, but in office buildings and factories look for wireless backhaul solutions to begin to dominate.  Backhauling with millimeter-wave radios is a perfect complement to Wi-Fi 6/6E and private 5G cellular access points as they begin to roll out in today’s more forward-looking enterprises.

Data Analytics in Restaurants: GoZone WiFi Puts WiFi to Work for You featured image

As most businesses know, WiFi is no longer an amenity— it is an expectation. No matter where people go, they want to look at information on their phones, and they do not want to burn through their personal data plans. GoZone WiFi is offering restaurants, bars, and cafes an opportunity to provide WiFi and get valuable data in return without compromising the business’ security.

GoZone WiFi Invites Customers to Stay

A customer will wait ten minutes or fewer before trying to log into a bar, restaurant, or café WiFi system. Customers will invariably spend more time at a place that offers free WiFi, and they will also spend more money on those premises. The unfortunate downside is that running these systems costs money. However, using GoZone WiFi’s software shifts the cost-benefit ratio back in favor of the businesses that implement it.

In short, the cost of providing guest WiFi pales in comparison to the revenue and engagement a company generates from the actionable data gathered by implementing the newest tool in the marketing arsenal— WiFi marketing.

Setting a Gateway on Your WiFi Connection

GoZone WiFi’s Marketing4Wifi tool provides customers unfettered and speedy access to a business’ WiFi. All they must do is sign in through what is known as a captive portal. Customers gain access to the venue’s free WiFi once they choose to enter the portal by logging in with:

  • Email
  • Social media
  • SMS
  • Custom survey

Not only does this login procedure protect your network from outsider incursions by limiting access to passwords, but it is the key to providing the company with information about the customers’ behavior on the network.

Gaining and Leveraging Actionable Data with GoZone WiFi

When customers use a bar’s WiFi through this system, that business will gain access to valuable data such as:

  • Identifying new and returning guests
  • The number of times a customer has accessed your network
  • Devices used to access the network
  • Most frequent WiFi Guests
  • Demographic data
  • And more

This information provides businesses with many incredible benefits and insights into their customer base. Combined with a contact management add on provided by GoZone WiFi, the bar can instantly develop profiles on customers to start effectively leveraging the data to its benefit.

The insights gleaned from the data can also be utilized in some of the following ways:

  • Implementing a rewards system for those who use the WiFi
    • Frequent logins could lead to coupons, extending the customer’s stay, and increasing the amount of money they spend.
  • Increasing engagement on social media websites
    • Social media engagement leads to new customers finding the business
  • Targeting marketing campaigns
    • Reaching out to specific demographics, such as age or sports fans, can result in increased foot traffic during prime times
  • Using the custom survey tool to collect more direct customer reviews and input
  • Developing a massive list of emails for marketing campaigns

Implementing GoZone WiFi’s system in any bar, restaurant, or café can help a business increase customer loyalty, offer their customers a great WiFi experience, and position itself to more effectively market to their chosen demographics. Adding this system is a simple, proven way to give businesses a higher ROI on WiFi, ensuring a mutually beneficial interaction between them and their clients.

By Eve Danel

November 30, 2020

LitePoint’s Eve Danel has developed this three-part blog series on Wi-Fi 6E and testing challenges. Throughout this series of blog posts, you’ll learn the basics of operating rules for Wi-Fi 6E in the 6 GHz band, the challenges when validating Wi-Fi 6E designs and what testing solutions LitePoint has available for Wi-Fi 6E.

Building and Testing the Next Generation High Performance Wi-Fi 6E Devices

In my previous blog post, I explored the IEEE 802.11ax rules of operation in the 6 GHz band and how they differ from operation in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. In my final post as part of this Wi-Fi 6E series, I want to explore the challenges device makers must consider when building the next generation of Wi-Fi 6E devices and some of the testing solutions that LitePoint offers.

With the FCC’s Report on Order establishing rules for unlicensed devices in Wi-Fi 6E and the IEEE 802.11ax rules of operation, Wi-Fi 6E device makers have a lot to consider. As exciting as this new Wi-Fi spectrum availability is, it is critical that new Wi-Fi 6E devices meet the stringent requirements for performance and interoperability.

Challenges to Building the Next Generation, High Performance Wi-Fi

Building on the analogy of Wi-Fi 6E as a new, large freeway that only allows the fastest cars, how can device makers build the next generation of high-performance Wi-Fi devices that can take advantage of this highway of brand new spectrum? It’s exactly like building a high-performance sports car. There are many challenges to overcome, the below are a few that are particularly demanding.

  • 1200 MHz of additional spectrum added to Wi-Fi devices. It is double the frequency range coverage needed in the past for 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. This can be particularly challenging for Wi-Fi 6E design, especially for the RF front end, because there is a need to deliver consistent performance across the entire spectrum from the low channels to high channels. You also need excellent linearity of the power amplifiers. Peak performance typically starts to roll off when you reach the higher frequency, or the edge of the band and devices will need to be tested to the very highest channels to make sure that they can operate at the expected power levels. Calibration of the transmitter power is very important and will be needed for consistent performance.
  • 160 MHz channels were already defined in the previous Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) generation, but they were not mandatory and were not often supported or deployed. With Wi-Fi 6E however, deployments will make full use of these wider channels because there is now sufficient contiguous spectrum. With wider bandwidth, you can have more distortions of the OFDM subcarriers as they cover a wider frequency range. The important metric to focus on for these wider channels is the spectral flatness to ensure even distribution of power. Also, wider channels mean lower SNR per carrier, therefore it requires excellent transmitter modulation performance.
  • OFDMA, the multi-user version of OFDM, is part of Wi-Fi 6 in the 2.4 GHZ and 5 GHz band, but in Wi-Fi 6E it will be even more prevalent because there will be no legacy devices operating in the 6 GHz band. This means all the devices in the 6 GHz band will be able to take advantage of OFDMA. For each transmission in highly congested areas, there will be multiple devices able to share the bandwidth to improve capacity and reduce latency. OFDMA is a very powerful feature, but it’s also one of the most challenging aspects of the IEEE 802.11ax standard because it requires all devices participating in the transmission to be synchronized. One bad actor can ruin the transmission for the others. All of the client stations participating in the transmission must be synchronizing time, they must have their frequency aligned and they must transmit power that is accurate.
  • 1024 QAM modulation was introduced in the IEEE 802.11ax standard and carries 10 bits per subcarrier. This improves peak data rates by 25 percent over previous versions, which is how the highest data speed is achieved. Because the high modulation rates can only be used in very good RF conditions, the 6 GHz spectrum will provide a better and cleaner environment with less interference from other devices since it has enough spectrum to avoid adjacent channels or overlapping channel interference. 1024 QAM also requires the highest level of modulation accuracy. This accuracy is usually measured by EVM (error vector magnitude) that measures the deviation of the constellation points compared to their ideal location.
  • Devices operating in the 6 GHz band must coexist with incumbent devices. Therefore, Wi-Fi 6E access points and clients must comply to regulatory defined emissions limits in order to avoid interference with other devices within the band or in adjacent bands. Spectral masks define the limits of the distribution of power across the channel and into the adjacent channels. It’s important to check that the spectral mask can be met for all the channels and especially to identify the worst case scenarios at the channels that output the highest power.

LitePoint Wi-Fi 6E Test Solutions

When developing Wi-Fi 6E devices, compliance verification and performance validation will be imperative to ensure these devices can really take advantage of this new spectrum. LitePoint has innovative, high performance testing solutions that can help device makers validate and accelerate Wi-Fi 6E device development.

IQxel-MW 7G™

IQxel-MW 7G

LitePoint’s IQxel-MW 7G™ is the first fully integrated tester for Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E. This test solution supports a continuous frequency range from 400 MHz to 7.3 GHz and features native support for per-port 160 MHz and 80+80 MHz signal combination. The IQxel-MW 7G has the best in class, residual EVM performancethat’s needed for 1024 QAM testing and supports packet detection and timing requirements needed for Wi-Fi 6E advanced testing of features like multi-user OFDMA.

IQxel-MW 7G supports legacy Wi-Fi standards, thereby ensuring coverage for Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and 802.11ax testing in the 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 6 GHz bands. In addition to Wi-Fi, the test system delivers high performance verification for the most popular wireless connectivity standards including WLAN legacy, all Bluetooth device standards (1.x, 2.x, 3.0, 4.x, 5.x), including cellular TDD and FDD non-signaling test modes for 2G/3G/4G and 5G cellular technologies.

The test platform is well suited for use in design verification and manufacturing testing.

IQfact+™ Software

IQfact+™ software is a test automation solution that combines device under test (DUT) and tester control. This software provides turnkey testing and calibration for leading Wi-Fi chipsets, enabling thorough design verification and rapid volume manufacturing with minimal customer engineering effort.

Each IQfact+ software is tailored to provide the best test efficiency for a specific chipset and is designed specifically for the LitePoint tester architecture, resulting in drastically reduced test time and engineering effort. IQfact+ encompasses a growing library of over 350 chipsets and supports all key wireless connectivity technologies.

With IQfact+ turnkey solutions developed for Wi-Fi 6 and 6E chipsets, the IQxel-MW 7G tester provides an out-of-the-box calibration and verification solution that can help device makers accelerate time to market.

Success with LitePoint

LitePoint has helped manufacturers deliver over 10 billion Wi-Fi-enabled products to market. Please visit our Wi-Fi 6E page to learn more about LitePoint’s Wi-Fi 6E solutions, and I invite you to view the full replay of my webinar on this topic. Look for more blog posts on Wi-Fi 6E, UWB and other topics from myself and the LitePoint team in the weeks to come.

By:Abu Islam

November 23, 2020 · 3 min read

Wi-Fi coverage and cybersecurity becomes mission critical for patient care and workflows. Read how rigorous testing ensures reliable Healthcare provider networks and secure Wi-Fi connectivity to prevent services interruptions.

In a previous blog, we discussed the various benefits Wi-Fi 6 is offering healthcare providers. In this sequel, get a closer look at Wi-Fi device and network testing considerations for this sector.

Testing Healthcare Provider Networks and Devices

Compliance to local regulations, such as FDA 510k certification and IEEE/ANSI Wi-Fi C63.27 standard in the US, require medical device manufacturers to ensure the functionality and safety of their devices through rigorous testing. In addition, healthcare facilities must test their Wi-Fi network regularly to:

  • Ensure ubiquitous Wi-Fi coverage and performance for the entire facility:
    Physicians and clinical staff require access to Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and medical images via handheld devices or computer on wheels (COW). Pharmaceutical orders and clinical procedures are also carried out wirelessly to help make workflows more efficient, all of which requires reliable Wi-Fi networking.
  • On-board a wide range of wireless devices:
    Hospital beds, infusion pumps, ventilators and many other devices send life-saving alarms to patient monitoring stations over the Wi-Fi network. Their continuous operation is essential regardless of Wi-Fi network congestion or unwanted RF interference.
  • Reproduce field conditions and modeling “what if” scenarios:
    Healthcare facilities are built with inhomogeneous wall structures for operating rooms, X-ray rooms, patient wards and visitor lobbies. Using advanced tools in a laboratory, RF characteristics of a hospital along with potential interference sources can be modeled to test out range and roaming functionality under varying conditions, prior to installation of Access Points.
  • Assure service performance and QoE for end-users:
    The Wi-Fi network of healthcare facilities serves a wide range of use cases for physicians, clinical staffs, patients, and visitors. While physicians need access to critical healthcare applications that require high bandwidth, patients and visitors require convenient access to Wi-Fi network using BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices) without compromising the network security.
  • Test network security and vulnerability:
    To ensure a safe wireless and wired network throughout the entire facility.

A joint cybersecurity advisory, coauthored by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was issued on Oct 28, 2020, and shared the following findings:

  • Malicious cyber actors are targeting the Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) Sector with TrickBot and BazarLoader malware, often leading to ransomware attacks, data theft, and the disruption of healthcare services.
  • These issues will be particularly challenging for organizations within the COVID-19 pandemic; therefore, administrators will need to balance this risk when determining their cybersecurity investments.

Similar concerns were echoed by the INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock in early 2020:

“As hospitals and medical organizations around the world are working non-stop to preserve the well-being of individuals stricken with coronavirus, they have become targets for ruthless cybercriminals looking to make a profit at the expense of sick patients.”

Unfortunately, there has been an increased number of cases, which resulted in various forms of services interruptions at hospitals and clinics, even to an extent that critically ill patients had to be re-routed to other facilities, globally. With this backdrop, it is more vital than ever that healthcare providers assess their network’s vulnerability, perform network penetration testing, including compliance testing of Wi-Fi security protocols (e.g. WPA3, WPA2) and web authentication like secured use of Captive Portals.

Assuring Reliable and Secure Connectivity for Healthcare Providers

As Wi-Fi coverage becomes mission critical for patient care and workflows, it is important to ensure healthcare provider Wi-Fi networks are up to the tasks. Yet improving and optimizing Wi-Fi network and device performance for unique healthcare provider deployment scenarios can be complex.

Learn about the latest test solutions for Wi-Fi turn up services and solutions specifically designed with healthcare providers in mind, including emulating hospital environments in a lab.

Why you should be excited about 6 GHz Wi-Fi

Why you should be excited about 6 GHz Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi 6E

Have you ever wondered how your laptop, cellphone, or other mobile devices connect to the internet? “Through Wi-Fi”- that’s the most obvious answer. It is, but then how does Wi-Fi communicate with our devices? Well, the quick response is via radio frequencies, and we’ll jump into more detail in just a bit, along with insights on the much anticipated 6 GHz spectrum and what it means for your Wi-Fi experience.

Restricted to the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands in recent years, we have reached the point where there are now more Wi-Fi networks in a building than radio stations available to listen to in a city. In April of 2020, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) announced its approval to allocate an uncharted fresh spectrum, the 6 GHz band, to reduce pressure from current frequency bands while delivering high speeds.

Well, what makes the 6 GHz band different?


Comparing Wi-Fi standards

6 GHz has higher throughput

The number of devices connected to Wi-Fi in homes and public areas has significantly increased over the last decade, especially in this era of home automation and IoT. Current frequency bands are not sufficient to cater to growing bandwidth requirements. With the new 6 GHz band, more throughput is available for reasons including an increased number of non-overlapping channels and greater bandwidth.

6 GHz has more non-overlapping channels

There is a limit to the number of channels each band has, which are limited further by the number of non-overlapping channels. These non-overlapping channels are essential in reducing signal interference between devices, ultimately resulting in slower wireless speeds.

The 2.4 GHz band has 11 channels with only three non-overlapping channels (1, 6, 11); therefore, in crowded areas where many devices are connected, signal interference will result in slower internet speeds.

2.4 GHz and 5 GHz non-overlapping Wi-Fi channels

The 5 GHz band overcomes the weaknesses of 2.4 GHz and is ten times wider than the 2.4 GHz band with 24 non-overlapping channels, making it even better. However, some channels of 5 GHz have been in use for the government and the military, so in reality, there are only eight non-overlapping channels available to the public.

The introduction of 6 GHz includes 14 non-overlapping 80 MHz channels, all for public use, reducing the opportunity for co-channel signal interference and ultimately give you better wireless speeds.

6 GHz comes packed with extra bandwidth

The new 6 GHz band will be adding 1,200 MHz of extra bandwidth, meaning users can utilize the 40 MHz and 80 MHz channels plus the newly available 160 MHz channel widths. It is recommended to use smaller channel widths despite reduced throughput to reduce co-channel interference; however, the 6 MHz band overcomes this with extra space on the wireless spectrum. To put this into perspective, 5 GHz band can only support two non-overlapping 80 MHz channels or a single 160 MHz channel, while the 6 GHz band can support fifteen 80 MHz channels and seven 160 MHz channels. This means much less channel overlap and much more bandwidth!

6 GHz and Uniqueness of Mesh Wi-Fi

Similar to how the 5 GHz band has a shorter ranger than 2.4 GHz, higher throughput, a more significant number of channels, and higher bandwidth come at the cost of more considerable signal attenuation in the new 6 GHz band; this is where Mesh Wi-Fi comes in. In a mesh Wi-Fi system, the central router and multiple mesh points may be installed throughout a large space to increase wireless 6 GHz coverage. However, unlike the signal extenders, the units form one seamless and unified blanket network that broadens reach and connectivity strength. When roaming, your device maintains a connection to a single SSID without hiccups in connection, giving you the full potential of 6 GHz Wi-Fi around any space.

Using 6 GHz Wi-Fi at home

6 GHz Wi-Fi delivers 1.2 Gbps at even 7 meters away from an access point with obstructions.

Use Cases:

  • Residential Multi-AP/mesh networks
  • Multiple dwelling units (MDU) Single-AP networks
  • High-density enterprise networks
  • Indoor public venues
  • Industrial IoT

Wi-Fi 6E – The Game changer

The development of 6 GHz and Wi-Fi 6 alone are grand achievements in this new age of Wi-Fi, and combining the two to become Wi-Fi 6E is game-changing for the tech world and the economy. Wi-Fi Alliance* statistics show that the value of Global Wi-Fi will increase by up to $3.47 trillion by 2023, and unlocking 6 GHz Wi-Fi will lead to even more significant economic contributions and a better-connected world.

What to look forward to

Wi-Fi 6E delivers a considerable increase in network efficiency and capacity for dense population centers. Wi-Fi 6E will immediately impact network performance in crowded places such as stadiums or apartment buildings. With the global increase in fibre internet coverage, the necessity of Wi-Fi 6E will increase to leverage the full capacity of gigabit broadband connections.

Much like how there is not much 8K video content available, it’s not as beneficial yet to purchase an 8K television when you can’t use it to its full potential. Similarly, the biggest issue with purchasing Wi-Fi 6E routers is that there are only a few devices on the market capable of using its Wi-Fi 6 features or utilize the 6 GHz band. The few devices available on the market now are using a prototype version of the new standard. In 2021, markets will see an influx of 6E chips for commercial use. With that being said, devices compatible with Wi-Fi 6E will be hitting the mainstream markets within the next few years.

With a completely new spectrum unlocked, we are sure to see many innovative products being released in the future.

By:Abu Islam

November 17, 2020 · 4 min read

An increasing number of medical devices enabled with Wi-Fi technology are entering the healthcare industry, ranging from simple applications to mission critical real-time applications. Blog outlines the market drivers for healthcare Wi-Fi networks.

Learn about market drivers for Healthcare Wi-Fi networks

A recently published Spirent eBook on the impact of COVID-19 on the Wi-Fi ecosystem discussed the effect of underlying factors such as the economy, business, government and consumer-behavior on Wi-Fi deployments and testing. While certain Wi-Fi market segments such as large public venues (LPV) and hospitality are still struggling to recover, the healthcare industry is facing altogether different challenges.

According to a recent report from Frost and Sullivan (April 2020), “Telehealth market in the US is estimated to display a staggering seven-fold growth by 2025, resulting in a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 38.2%. In 2020, the telehealth market is likely to experience a tsunami of growth, resulting in a year-over-year increase of 64.3%.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines Telehealth as the “delivery of health care services, where patients and providers are separated by distance. Telehealth uses ICT for the exchange of information for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries, research and evaluation, and for the continuing education of health professionals.”

“Wi-Fi 6 helps solve the different challenges the healthcare industry is facing.”

Wi-Fi has been the preferred wireless technology of choice for decades in hospitals and clinics, globally. This is primarily because Wi-Fi offers technical advantages in indoor environments, and often, it’s the most cost-effective option for healthcare providers. As a result, an increasing number of medical devices enabled with Wi-Fi technology are entering the healthcare industry each year, ranging from simple applications to mission critical real-time applications (e.g. ubiquitous access to patient medical records).

With stringent regulatory requirements such as FDA 510k certification for product introduction in the U.S., patient safety and privacy concerns (e.g. HIPAA in the U.S., GDPR in Europe), and the need to provide patient care around the clock (24/7/365), it is understandable that new technology adoption takes longer for the healthcare industry. However, the various new features and promises offered by Wi-Fi 6, are providing a great motivation for healthcare providers to think seriously about upgrading their devices and networks.

Benefits of Wi-Fi 6 for Healthcare Providers

Wi-Fi 6 offers several benefits over legacy standards such as Wi-Fi 5/4. Key features include Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) for Downlink and Uplink (DL/UL), Multi-user Multiple Input and Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) for DL/UL, Target Wake Time (TWT) among others.

Coupled with the latest security standard by the Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 (WPA3) for Enterprise, Wi-Fi 6 enables healthcare providers to benefit from a reliable, efficient, and secured Wi-Fi connection for patient care and clinical workflows.


Key Wi-Fi 6 features

  • OFDMA: enables higher aggregated throughput and lower latency in dense environments like in hospitals (over previous generations of products). However, the key benefit of OFDMA is the scheduling-based resource allocation capability in the frequency domain, which enables organizations to prioritize their Wi-Fi traffic. For instance, life-saving traffic data such as patient monitoring and paging can now be prioritized over less sensitive traffic such as Internet-of-Medical Things (IoMT).
  • MU-MIMO: Particularly suitable for higher bandwidth applications and larger data packets, MU-MIMO (capable of up to 8×8) enables access points (APs) to transmit more data at a given time and serves a larger number of concurrent clients. Healthcare applications, ranging from full-body MRI images accessible by handheld devices to HD video for physician and patient consultation, require a higher bandwidth, that is supported by this feature.
  • Target Wake Time (TWT): Large number of IoMT devices run on battery power. With TWT, APs and IoMT devices can “wake up” at negotiated times. In multiple WLANs deployment scenarios in congested environment like hospitals and clinics, this allows for reduced power consumption and longer battery life for IoMT devices, as well as less congestion for the Wi-Fi network.
  • WPA3: Healthcare industry is tasked with protecting critical medical information and patient records by regulatory requirements, especially when such information is transmitted over the air. The latest WPA3 standard offers enhanced security protection and is available in two forms:
    • WPA3-Enterprise: Unlike WPA2, WPA3-Enterprise provides a 192-bit security suite, making for a more robust security system for enterprise environments, making critical networks harder for hackers to penetrate.
    • WPA3-Personal: WPA3-Personal uses Simultaneous Authentication of Equals (SAE) (RFC 7664) to replace Pre-shared Key (PSK) in WPA2-Personal, to offer forward secrecy, that helps protect data traffic by making it resistant to offline dictionary attacks.

In addition, Wi-Fi 6 is backward compatible, enabling legacy clients to co-exist with the latest Wi-Fi 6 devices. This is particularly important in healthcare facilities, where thousands of devices from various Wi-Fi generations are served by the same network at any given time.

In the sequel to this blog, we will take a closer look at Wi-Fi device and network testing considerations for healthcare providers.

MIMO system enables 2.4GHz, 5GHz and 6GHz with UWB, BLE and IoT options

Eindhoven, The Netherlands – November 12th, 2020

The Antenna Company, a specialist in the design of high-performance embedded antennas, today announced a new Wi-Fi 6E MIMO antenna system designed to increase network capacity, extend range and reduce latency in enterprise and industrial IoT networks. The antenna system enables simultaneous operation in the 2.4, 5 and 6 GHz frequency bands, resulting in an additional 1.2 GHz of spectrum and greater than 2x increase in available channels.

“The adoption of high performance WiFi 6E antenna systems is a key enabling technology to fully realize the benefits of the unlicensed spectrum between 5.925 and 7.125 GHz”, said Mark Hung, VP Technology and Engineering at the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Optimized for seamless integration into access points, The Antenna Company’s design supports a total of 15 antennas, including dedicated 4×4 5 GHz + 4×4 6 GHz + 4×4 2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi antennas. Cross-pair Wi-Fi antenna isolation of greater than 45 dB is achieved for concurrent operation in the 5 GHz band.

An additional 0.9/2.4 GHz IoT antenna is included to enable IoT use cases, along with tri-band 2.4/5/6 GHz antennas for radio spectrum management. The entire antenna system is mounted on a metal backplate to enable mechanical, thermal and RF integration with the access point.

The design also comes with an Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) option to enable Real-Time Location System (RTLS) services such as access control, indoor navigation, asset tracking and contact tracing. The UWB antennas support channels 5 and 9 for worldwide spectrum coverage. To avoid coupling and detuning between antennas, greater than 30 dB of isolation is achieved between the UWB and Wi-Fi antennas.

The Antenna Company’s Wi-Fi 6E + UWB antenna system also features:

  • Compact design that enables size reduction of enterprise access-points by 20% or more, without sacrificing antenna system performance;
  • Low input impedance essential to achieve peak data rates for 80/160 MHz channels;
  • Uniform radio coverage to avoid nulls and blind spots.

“Wi-Fi 6E enables the capacity, speed and latency needed to support the shift in network usage for Enterprise and Industrial IoT markets. The addition of UWB gives our customers a scalable platform to offer new RTLS services”, said company CEO David Favreau.

To request more information and to discuss your specific system requirements, please contact The Antenna Company at

About The Antenna Company

The Antenna Company is an antenna systems provider that delivers high-performance solutions based on proprietary design principles, advanced materials and RF system expertise. Our patented technology results in clearly differentiated performance over conventional antenna solutions in the market. The company’s mission is to enable its Enterprise, Consumer and IoT customers to offer the best end-user experience, by providing innovative and novel antenna system solutions.  The Antenna Company provides standard and customized solutions to OEM and ODM customers worldwide for Wi-Fi, GNSS, LTE, UWB, CBRS and 5G technologies. Antenna Company is headquartered in the Netherlands with sales offices in the US and Asia.

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By Eve Danel

November 11, 2020

LitePoint’s Eve Danel has developed this three-part blog series on Wi-Fi 6E and testing challenges. Throughout this series of blog posts, you’ll learn the basics of operating rules for Wi-Fi 6E in the 6 GHz band, the challenges when validating Wi-Fi 6E designs and what testing solutions LitePoint has available for Wi-Fi 6E.

Wi-Fi 6E Standard and Channels – 802.11ax Operation in the 6 GHz Band

In my previous blog post, I explored the FCC’s decision to open the 6 GHz band for Wi-Fi 6E standard operation, as well as the rules the FCC put in place to protect incumbent users in that space. Today I want to explore the IEEE 802.11ax rules of operation in the 6 GHz band and how they differ from operation in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands.

Background on Wi-Fi Standards

Two main groups are responsible for shaping Wi-Fi’s evolution. The IEEE 802.11defines the technical specifications of the wireless LAN standard. The IEEE 802.11ax standard for high efficiency (or HE) covers MAC and PHY layer operation in the 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 6 GHz bands. It is scheduled to be finalized by the end of 2020.

The Wi-Fi Alliance focuses on certification of Wi-Fi devices for compliance and interoperability, as well as the marketing of Wi-Fi technology. To improve consumer understanding of the various IEEE 802.11 standard generations, the Wi-Fi Alliance decided to create consumer friendly names. The IEEE 802.11ax standard is now referred to as Wi-Fi 6 or the 6th generation of Wi-Fi and operates the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands.  Wi-Fi 6E operates in the 6 GHz frequency band. Thousands of devices have received Wi-Fi 6 certification since the program started and the Wi-Fi 6E certification is planned to start sometime in early 2021.

IEEE Rules of Operation

Decisions made by the IEEE 802.11ax group and added to the standard will make Wi-Fi 6E even more efficient.

Arguably one of the most important decisions made by the IEEE 802.11ax group is that it disallows older generation Wi-Fi devices in the 6 GHz band, which is important because it means that only high efficiency 802.11ax devices will be able to operate in this band.

Historically, newer Wi-Fi standards have always provided backward compatibility with older generations. This proved to be a great strength to win over consumers, since network equipment doesn’t need to be completely overhauled at each new generation. This has also been a source of congestion, since older slower legacy equipment is sharing available resources (i.e. spectrum) with newer devices.  In the 6 GHz however, only new high efficiency devices will be allowed to operate.

When using the analogy of a freeway to describe Wi-Fi, the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band can be compared to congested freeways allowing both fast and slow vehicles, while the 6 GHz band is the equivalent of a new, large freeway that only allows the fastest cars.

With 1200 MHz of spectrum and 59 new 20 MHz channels, a station with a dwell time of 100 ms per channel would require almost 6 seconds to complete a passive scan of the entire band.  The standard implements a new efficient process for clients to discover nearby access points (APs). In Wi-Fi 6E, a process called fast passive scanning is being used to focus on a reduced set of channels called preferred scanning channels (PSC). PSCs are a set of 15 20-MHz channels that are spaced every 80 MHz. The APs will set their primary channel to coincide with the PSC so that it can be easily discovered by a client, and clients will use passive scanning in order to just scan PSCs to look for an AP.


To further improve the efficiency of the 6 GHz operation, the standard is also segregating most of the management traffic to other bands. So, a multi-band AP that has 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz will be discoverable by scanning the lower bands. The client will first go into the lower bands, discover the AP there and then move to the 6 GHz band. This way, no probe request frames will need to be sent in the 6 GHz band. This will reduce the probe requests that are sent by stations just trying to find APs because it will not be allowed unless it is a PSC channel.

Wi-Fi 6E Channelization

The 802.11ax standard also defines channel allocations for the 6 GHz band. This allocation determines the center frequencies for 20 MHz, 40 MHz, 80 MHz and 160 MHz channels.

Channels begin at the start frequency of 5950 MHz, leaving just 25 MHz of guard band between the first 6 GHz channels and the upper range of the U-NII 4 band.

If a U-NII band is not allowed in a specific regulatory domain or operates under different rules, then the regulatory specs take precedence over IEEE and channels that are falling on frequencies or overlapping on frequencies that are not supported, are not allowed.

The FCC is providing this pristine new highway of spectrum and the Wi-Fi 6E standard’s rules of operation are ensuring that we can remove the slowest vehicles on the highway. The question now is how do you build the next generation, high performance device that can really take advantage of this new spectrum? There are many challenges to overcome.

In the next post, we’ll explore what testing solutions LitePoint has available for Wi-Fi 6E. In the meantime, please visit the replay of my webinar on this topic.

New modular architecture brings high-performance, cost-effective Wi-Fi 6E mesh deployment designed to deliver wireless Gigabit speeds throughout the connected home


Qualcomm products mentioned within this press release are offered by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.


Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today unveiled the Qualcomm® Immersive Home Platforms, a successor to the company’s groundbreaking mesh networking platforms. Designed to deploy Gigabit-speed wireless performance to every room in the home in form factors as small as the palm of the hand, these devices are cost-effective enough to target low consumer price points. This engineering feat is achieved through a novel modular architecture approach, significant advancements in network packet processing technology and an integration of next-generation Wi-Fi 6 and 6E.

In the face of skyrocketing home data demand, Immersive Home Platforms offer four distinct product tiers. These tiers grant unprecedented design flexibility to manufacturers and broadband carriers motivated to embrace Wi-Fi 6 and 6E mesh architectures comprehensively across their entire product portfolio. As home network performance has become mission critical, Qualcomm Technologies is meeting the challenge to provide corner-to-corner Gigabit wireless performance, in an effort to ensure every meeting is productive, every classroom is engaged, and every device is connected.

“We have launched the Qualcomm Immersive Home platforms, a fresh approach to home networking leveraging high powered Wi-Fi 6 and 6E, a fresh architectural design customized for home deployments, and advanced features designed to deliver Gigabit performance to every corner of the home,” said Nick Kucharewski, vice president and general manager, Wireless Infrastructure & Networking, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Today, as offices, classrooms, movie theatres, and everything in between move into the home, high performance Wi-Fi has transitioned from luxury to mission critical utility.”

“Before COVID-19, the proliferation of Wi-Fi-enabled products in the home and increasingly HD, 4k, and soon 8k video meant an increasing focus on more capable Wi-Fi access points by consumers and service providers,” said Phil Solis, research director at IDC. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, network needs became even more pronounced with many Wi-Fi networks stressed by the shift to more work, education, and entertainment from home. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E mesh network solutions such as the Qualcomm Immersive Home Platforms are critical to enabling Wi-Fi access point vendors to be provide the range, data rates, and capacity now required in many homes.”

“Wi-Fi’s popularity has created increasingly diverse and densely populated Wi-Fi environments, including home networks which must now support many demanding applications simultaneously,” said Kevin Robinson, senior vice president of Marketing, Wi-Fi Alliance. “The capabilities of Wi-Fi 6E, such as gigabit speeds, low latency, and high capacity, will benefit users where they now need it most and allow Wi-Fi devices to operate efficiently in the most dynamic home connectivity settings.”

“While everyone now understands the incredible importance of Wi-Fi networks in work-from-home and learn-from-home environments, not everyone knows about the benefits that modern Wi-Fi mesh networks can provide,” said Bob O’Donnell, president and Chief Analyst, TECHnalysis Research, LLC. “In addition, not every household has the same requirements. The beauty of a modular platform is that it lets OEMs and consumers tackle everything from forward-looking massive bandwidth applications using 6GHz Wi-Fi 6E to tiny mesh extenders that can inconspicuously bring stronger traditional Wi-Fi signals to every room in a home.”

Qualcomm Immersive Home 310 Series

Representing the Qualcomm® Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6 platforms within the portfolio, the 310 Series offerings are designed to simultaneously leverage all three bands of spectrum to support IoT-class devices (2.4GHz), today’s legacy media devices (5GHz), and enable congestion-relieving migration of node-to-node backhaul traffic from 5GHz to the 6GHz band, while ensuring the network is prepared to support devices supporting emerging 6GHz applications (VR/XR, live video sharing/streaming, real-time gaming).

  • Qualcomm Immersive Home 318 Platform:
    • Advanced 8-stream Tri-Band in a 2×2 (2.4GHz) + 2×2 (5GHz) + 4×4 (6GHz) configuration, for a total of 7.8 Gbps total available PHY rate.
    • Multi-gigabit wireless throughput for high performance clients.
    • Support for 160 MHz channels in 5/6GHz bands
    • 4×4 Wi-Fi 6E configuration in the 6GHz band delivers enhanced performance, range, and/or client count
  • Qualcomm Immersive Home 316 Platform:
    • Advanced 6-stream Tri-Band in a 2×2 (2.4GHz) + 2×2 (5GHz) + 2×2 (6GHz) configuration, for a total of 5.4 Gbps total available PHY rate.
    • Multi-gigabit wireless throughput for high performance clients.
    • Support for 160 MHz channels in 5/6GHz bands

Qualcomm Immersive Home 210 Series

Representing the Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 platforms within the portfolio, these offerings are designed to offer immediate and significant performance and cost benefits to existing mesh providers.

  • Qualcomm Immersive Home 216 Platform:
    • Innovative 6-stream Wi-Fi 6 in a 2×2 (2.4GHz) + 4×4 (5GHz) configuration, for a total of 5.4 Gbps total available PHY rate.
    • Multi-gigabit wireless throughput for high performance clients.
    • Support for 160 MHz channels in 5GHz bands
    • 4×4 Wi-Fi 6 configuration in the 5GHz band delivers enhanced performance, range, and/or client count
  • Qualcomm Immersive Home 214 Platform:
    • Innovative 4-stream Wi-Fi 6 in a 2×2 (2.4GHz) + 2×2 (5GHz) configuration, for a total of 3.0 Gbps total available PHY rate.
    • Multi-gigabit wireless throughput for high performance clients.
    • Support for 160 MHz channels in 5GHz bands

In both dual and tri-band series, Qualcomm Immersive Home Platforms bring significant differentiation derived from decades of R&D and proven infrastructure engineering expertise across multiple proprietary connectivity portfolios, including:

  • High performance integration and optimization: Qualcomm Immersive Home Platforms can deliver Gigabit wireless in a form factor highly optimized for size, scale and performance. For instance, when compared to Qualcomm® IPQ4xxx family (found in the majority of Wi-Fi 5-generation mesh systems), Qualcomm Immersive Home Platforms can deliver 2.5X throughput per watt – a system-level optimization that keeps industrial designs small, heat profiles cool, and overall device costs low.
  • Broad Wi-Fi technology support: Qualcomm Immersive Home Platforms are built to deliver seamless roaming, band/node client steering, and advanced security safeguards across Wi-Fi 4, 5, 6, 6E, and support many of the industry’s leading mesh software protocols including Qualcomm® Wi-Fi SON, the OpenSync™ open-source software, eero’s TrueMesh and the Wi-Fi Alliance’s Wi-Fi CERTIFIED EasyMesh™ standard.
  • Powerful smart home integration capabilities: Qualcomm Immersive Home Platforms feature advanced Qualcomm® Multi-User Traffic Management technologies to balance and support all the Wi-Fi connected devices in a modern smart home, while high-performance Bluetooth integration enables seamless onboarding and integration of advanced applications leveraging either connectivity technology.
  • Ultra-low latency enabled: Qualcomm Immersive Home Platforms can support, in certain configurations with 6GHz operation, a new class of emerging latency-sensitive applications like mobile gaming and XR through latency reduction up to 8x in congested environments and wireless VR-class latency of <3ms.

“Askey customers demand high-performance home networks that make working and schooling from home as seamless as streaming their favorite movies. This means ultra-fast, reliable Wi-Fi performance and robust security components. We look forward to continued collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies and the Qualcomm Immersive Home Platforms to continuously evolve the seamless, connected experiences our customers demand,” said Robert Lin, CEO, Askey Computer Corp.

“Last-mile technologies such as fiber, coax or even DSL are now reaching the Gigabit mark. These superfast speeds are increasingly becoming a matter of course in the home. We welcome the Qualcomm Immersive Home Platforms, which will give Mesh Wi-Fi a tremendous boost and ensures future-proof performance for wireless communication,” says Peter Faxel, CTO at AVM.

“At Linksys, our mission is to build innovative, future-ready wireless technologies that will someday connect every person and everything in the world, effortlessly, reliably, and securely,” said L.C. Wu, chief operating officer, Connected Home Division (Linksys Wemo, Phyn), Belkin International. “Linksys consumers demand high-performance networks that make working and schooling from home a seamless experience. We look forward to continued collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies to endlessly evolve our portfolios bringing more Wi-Fi 6 and new Wi-Fi 6E products to consumers. Wi-Fi 6E will take our Intelligent Mesh technology to the next level.”

Cognitive Systems
“The launch of the Qualcomm Immersive Home Platform is an advancement for Wi-Fi beyond just better performance,” said Taj Manku, CEO and Co-Founder of Cognitive Systems. “The new platform also enables WiFi Motion™ sensingapplications like home monitoring that bring meaningful value to Wi-Fi users and provide peace of mind beyond just connectivity. We are proud to be a partner with Qualcomm Technologies and appreciate its collaboration to bolster advanced Wi-Fi technologies like WiFi Motion.”

“As the demand for faster connectivity continues to grow, we are excited to expand our Wi-Fi 6 solutions to support consumers growing demands within their homes,” said Eric Chen, director of sales and marketing at EnGenius.  “With the Immersive Home Platform from Qualcomm supporting our devices, we are bringing the power of Wi-Fi 6 to consumers to meet the ever-growing demands for building future-proof wireless networks within their homes.”

“Increasingly our customers are working from home, helping kids with online learning, video-chatting with friends and family, and streaming and gaming in 4K,” said Nick Weaver, Co-Founder and CEO of eero. “They need fast, reliable and secure wifi to deliver these experiences and we look forward to continued collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies to provide the performance our customers expect.”

“NETGEAR customers demand high-performance home networks that make working and schooling from home as seamless as streaming their favorite movies. This means ultra-fast, reliable Wi-Fi performance for every connected device in the home. We look forward to continued collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies to continuously evolve the seamless, connected experiences our customers demand with Wi-Fi 6E,” said David Henry, senior vice president, Connected Home at NETGEAR.

“The foundation of Plume’s Consumer Experience Management Platform is based on intelligent cloud controlled OpenSync™-enabled devices,” says Sri Nathan, vice president of Plume Business Development. “Qualcomm Technologies’ Immersive Home Platform products ensure the capacity and controls for flawless connectivity in the home, allowing ISPs to deliver new services, over the top with confidence.”

“We’re excited about Qualcomm Technologies’ announcement of the Qualcomm Immersive Home Platforms and recognize how it will further promote the adoption of Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E,” said Pingji Li, general manager of TP-Link Consumer and Enterprise BU. “TP-Link customers will experience more diversified mesh networking devices, offering ultra-fast, reliable Wi-Fi and robust security. Thanks to our collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, everyone can embrace the trend of connecting everything.”

“With our Wi-Fi 6E tri-band mesh router, WNC offers a product line that pushes the boundaries of the ordinary. By integrating Qualcomm Technologies’ Immersive Home Platform, we enable our customers to benefit from the latest improvements in mesh networking, including high speeds and Wi-Fi 6 management, creating a most powerful and robust home network,” said Chun Lee, president of WNC’s Global Business Development Division.

“With our Xiaomi AIoT Wi-Fi 6 Router products, Xiaomi has designed a line that pushes the boundaries of ordinary. By integrating the Qualcomm Immersive Home Platforms, we will allow our customers to benefit from the latest improvements in mesh networking, including high speeds and Wi-Fi 6 management, creating a more powerful and robust home network,” said Xinyu Liu, general manager of Intelligent Hardware Division, Xiaomi.

Qualcomm Immersive Home Platforms are sampling now to customers. For more information about our Wi-Fi 6 and 6E products for the home, visit Qualcomm WiFi Mesh Network page.

About Qualcomm
Qualcomm is the world’s leading wireless technology innovator and the driving force behind the development, launch, and expansion of 5G. When we connected the phone to the internet, the mobile revolution was born. Today, our foundational technologies enable the mobile ecosystem and are found in every 3G, 4G and 5G smartphone. We bring the benefits of mobile to new industries, including automotive, the internet of things, and computing, and are leading the way to a world where everything and everyone can communicate and interact seamlessly.

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