Should the enterprise be quick to adopt Wi-Fi 6 or wait for 6e?


Jump to Wi-Fi 6 or wait for 6e?

Bradley Chambers, An Apple mobility professional currently working as a device manager for the Brainerd Baptist School, has been working in this field since 2009. Chambers is also the host of the Apple @ Work podcast for 9to5Mac.

On Saturday, he wrote a great piece on if the enterprise should move to Wi-Fi 6 or wait for Wi-Fi 6e. 

As of now, Wi-Fi 6 is basically still in its discovery phase. The FCC recently allowed unlicensed use so that companies (and maybe hardcore hobbyists) can test in the 6 GHz band without all the paperwork. 

Therefore, Wi-Fi 6e won't be here for a while!

What I was not aware of was that some consumer devices already have Wi-Fi 6 support. According to Bradley:
On the Apple side, only the newest iPhones and the latest iPad Pros support it. The current Apple TV doesn’t support it. The brand new MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros don’t support it. Even the high-end Mac Pro doesn’t support it.
Strange no Mac devices support it. I guess if you are doing anything that needs a fast connection, you should be hardwired with Gigabit Ethernet. 

Wi-Fi 6 and 6e chips can fall back to 5 Ghz and 2.4 GHz (which is most common) and its routers can broadcast to older technology. This is great, I remember getting a 5 GHz router and then my older printer stopped working because it could only see 2.4 GHz networks. I reverted back to using USB until I couldn't take it anymore and got a new printer with Google Cloud Print - which is now going away at the end of 2020... I just can not get ahead of the curve!

My take... just wait. For the full benefit of the next generation of wireless networking, you will need a major upgrade in hardware - Unless you have something speed-critical and the budget.

Check out his full article: https://9to5mac.com/2020/07/25/wifi-6e/
Check out the Apple @ Work series of post and podcast: https://9to5mac.com/guides/apple-at-work/
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