Wireless is evolving, driven by more devices, more connections and more bandwidth-hungry applications.
Networks need more wireless capacity and reliability. That’s where the next generation of Wi-Fi comes in.
In this episode of B2B Tech Talk, Jeff Barnhart
, business development engineer at Cisco, Dan Stewart
, senior advisor of Unified Justice Solutions at Cisco and Catherine Xun
, senior product manager at Cisco, discuss the latest step in the journey of nonstop wireless innovation: Wi-Fi 6.
What they talked about:
- The end of Cisco Aironet Wireless Controllers
- Benefits of Wi-Fi 6
- How to adopt Wi-Fi 6
- Cisco DNA software for wireless
- The future of technology
The next generation of Wi-Fi
Cisco Aironet Wireless is a historically impactful solution. The Cisco Aironet-compatible wireless controllers are coming up on the end of sale within the next year, with the end of support occurring January 2027.
The next generation of the Wi-Fi standard is Wi-Fi 6
. The standard builds on the strengths of Wi-Fi 5 while adding efficiency, flexibility, and scalability that allows new and existing networks increased speed and capacity with next-generation applications.
The Cisco wireless portfolio, moving into iOS XE, really provides the foundation of a unified operating system to support best in-class features, making it a good time to migrate from IOS to Cisco Catalyst 9800
Benefits of Wi-Fi 6
Wi-Fi 6 will boost performance and help users get the best data to their endpoints from the wireless infrastructure. It will let access points support more clients in dense environments and provide a better experience for typical wireless LAN networks. It will also provide a more predictable performance for advanced applications such as 4K or 8K video, high-density high-definition collaboration apps, all-wireless offices and the Internet of Things (IoT). It’s fast—achieving speeds up to 4 times faster than previous Wi-Fi standards—and allows users to be efficient with how they communicate various devices on and off the network.
Adopting Wi-Fi 6
Wi-Fi 6 is ready to power entirely new mobile experiences today, offering faster speeds for immersive-experience applications and more device and IoT capacity for high-density environments.
Cisco is working with all of their carriers to take steps in making the Wi-Fi and 5G experience seamless to the end user. Both Wi-Fi 6 and 5G
provide higher data rates to support new applications and increases in network capacity with the ability to connect more users and devices. Wi-Fi 6 will continue to be the access choice for indoor networks, while 5G will be the designated choice for outdoor networks.
Cisco DNA software for wireless
There’s more to wireless than just access points. Connectivity is very important: getting users on the network securely, quickly and with great performance is paramount to a wireless solution. Once that is done, what’s next? That’s where DNA spaces
DNA spaces provide intelligence and insight into the wireless environment, using things like location analytics to see the behavior of people amongst the physical things a provider may have in their environment. Basically, when you connect into DNA spaces, Cisco provides an IoT device marketplace and offers solutions that show how you can connect and utilize vendor partnerships.
Leveraging Wi-Fi 6 access points as gateways, you can rapidly deploy IoT applications at scale with the indoor IoT services in Cisco DNA Spaces.
What is the future of technology?
- Innovation on IoT sensors and data analytics. As more things become smarter in our environments, how we analyze and secure information will help shape how we modernize our infrastructure.
- The adoption of cloud. Because of the shift to hybrid work, customers are moving to the cloud at an accelerated rate, so we’ll see a trend around cloud storage and security.