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As Wi-Fi 6 gets official, Alliance begins certification program

Wi-Fi 6 certification program has been started by Wi-Fi 6 by Wi-Fi Alliance on Monday.

Wi-Fi 6 certification program has been started by Wi-Fi 6 by Wi-Fi Alliance on Monday. Wide-scale adoption of the new Wi-Fi standard is expected. As with the group’s previous certification programs, the Wi-Fi 6 certification program is focused on verifying the interoperability and feature sets of IEEE 802.11ax devices, ensuring that they work well with each other and that the devices feature all of the required performance and security capabilities of the new standard.

What’s New in Wi-Fi 6:

The new standard is different from the previous one as it focuses more on improving performance in shared environments, as opposed to solely boosting peak device transfer rates.

The maximum throughput supported by Wi-Fi 6 is 2.4 Gbps, the crucial improvement of the Wi-Fi 6/802.11ax technology the standards enhanced spectral efficiency.

Wi-Fi 6 also adds mandatory support for MU-MIMO – a feature first added in 802.11ac Wave 2 – as well as transmit beamforming for better reaching individual clients.

The new Wi-Fi technology adds OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access) to allow different devices to be served by one channel, by dedicating different sub-carriers for individual client devices.

The current existing Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) client devices can benefit from a Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) AP, though Wi-Fi 6 Certified devices will deliver the best results.

The Wi-Fi Alliance has also mandated that Wi-Fi 6 certified devices support WPA3 security, 1024-QAM, 160 MHz channels, and that devices support target wake time (a battery-saving tech that minimizes device check-ins).

The Wi-Fi Alliance has already certified some of its devices. The following network adapters, chipsets, and access points have all been Wi-Fi 6 certified:

  • Broadcom BCM4375
  • Broadcom BCM43698
  • Broadcom BCM43684
  • Cypress CYW 89650 Auto-Grade Wi-Fi 6 Certified
  • Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) AX200 (for PCs)
  • Intel Home Wi-Fi Chipset WAV600 Series (for routers and gateways)
  • Marvell 88W9064 (4×4) Wi-Fi 6 Dual-Band STA
  • Marvell 88W9064 (4×4) + 88W9068 (8×8) Wi-Fi 6 Concurrent Dual-Band AP
  • Qualcomm Networking Pro 1200 Platform
  • Qualcomm FastConnect 6800 Wi-Fi 6 Mobile Connectivity Subsystem
  • Ruckus R750 Wi-Fi 6 Access Point

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