With a new wireless standard ready and available, 2019 unwraps a wireless conundrum as 802.11ax solutions take their place in the market. You may also hear about Wi-Fi 6, which is just the new nomenclature used by the Wi-Fi Alliance (instead of 802.11ax) in the effort to simplify the naming convention. With a hat tip to iOS, this nomenclature is pretty familiar to mobile users so there’s a good chance we’ll see Wi-Fi 7, 8, and 9 in years to come. For the sake of consistency in our comparison of the two standards discussed here, I will refer to the new standard as 802.11ax.
Outside what to call the new standard, Aruba and others have introduced APs that leverage the new performance capabilities of 802.11ax. The new Wi-Fi standard includes some clever engineering that improves performance and saves battery life, but it may not be the right choice, nor the only option, to meet the needs of your midsize organization.