WiFi 6 and 5G will be rolled out this year (2019), with higher data rates, increased capacity, enhance and better performance in dense environments and optimized power consumption efficiency, these new technologies are expected to revolutionize IOT and data communications in general. The emergence of WiFi 6 and 5G is very exciting for the future of IOT and Automation.
WiFI 6 and IOT
WiFi 6 offers greater capabilities to support next-generation connectivity uses including speeds of up to 10 Gbps vs. the current 1.3Gbps with WiFi 5 (802.11ac). Wi-Fi 6 devices will transmit more data to more devices than previous wireless standards. Offering up to a four-fold capacity increase over its 802.11ac (WiFi 5) predecessor, with WiFi 6 multiple APs deployed in dense device environments can collectively deliver required quality-of-service (QoS) to more clients and provide better service to selected network traffic to more devices of all kinds.
Another feature of WiFi 6 is ‘Target Wake Time’ which enables devices to determine when and how frequently they will wake up to send or receive data, which substantially improve the battery life and power consumption of devices. This is useful when an IoT device has few frames to send and receive at long intervals, meeting the requirement for infrequent but reliable communication.