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If this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is anything to go by, 2020 is the year Wi-Fi 6 will finally become a reality for everyday wireless internet users.
Set to offer increased bandwidth to support all those wirelessly connected devices of the modern age, it’s tipped to be faster, more efficient and improve the battery life of the items that connect to it.
The upshot is…everything from mobile Point of Sale to IoT-connected devices are about to enter a new era. So, what exactly is Wi-Fi 6 and what will it deliver?
Wi-Fi 6 is the next generation of Wi-Fi. In other words, it’s the newest version of how you connect wirelessly to the internet.
It’s set to deliver faster internet speeds and the ability to connect more devices to a network. Wi-Fi 6 is currently rolling out, with the technology now available in routers, laptops and internet-connected devices at this year’s CES.
Up until now, uptake of Wi-Fi 6 has been limited by affordability, but as CES 2020 highlighted, that’s about to change.
A host of big-name manufacturers now offer Wi-Fi 6 as standard and yes it will have major benefits for both business and your lifestyle. Here’s how…
The major benefits of Wi-Fi 6 include improved download speed and better performance, and effectively it will allow users to connect more devices to a network without significant congestion.
The latter is really important in a world where everything from tablets to your smart phone, your laptop, your security camera and your smart home tech all vie for bandwidth when connecting to your router.
In addition, Wi-Fi 6 will offer faster wireless internet, effectively more than doubling the rate of data transfer that current Wi-Fi offers.
Meanwhile, an interesting benefit is that Wi-Fi 6 will likely improve the battery life of your devices. That’s because it can tell the device exactly when to put its Wi-Fi radio to sleep and exactly when to wake it up to receive the next transmission. This conserves power, and that means longer battery life.
So, what does it mean to business?
The reality is wireless internet is now the main way that employees, devices and tools like your printer connect to the work network. Whether it’s via laptop, iPad or smartphone, that wireless network takes a hefty hit.
For example, if you’re a restaurant relying on mobile Point of Sale, chances are you have multiple iPads, docket printers, card readers, and perhaps even cash drawers all connected to each other and the internet via Wi-Fi.
You may even have customers accessing your Wi-Fi network as an extra incentive for patrons.
If you’re in retail, there’s also a good chance you’re using multiple tablets or iPads as Point of Sale or to assist sales associates, and that means you’re also relying heavily on Wi-Fi.
The key takeaway is Wi-Fi 6 is set to make your life a whole lot easier. For those who haven’t yet embraced mobility in their business, it’s also likely to induce you to join the trend.
In short, your first major acquisition will probably be a Wi-Fi 6 router. Then keep an eye out for the planned Wi-Fi 6 or Wi-Fi 6 compatible label on laptops, smart phones and IoT devices.
If you’re looking to establish mobile Point of Sale or customer service kiosks that harness the new speed of Wi-Fi 6, you’ll need to arm yourself with a Wi-Fi 6 router, a compatible iPad or tablet, grab yourself an iPad stand or tablet stand, then kit yourself out with any additional hardware (like barcode scanners and cash drawers) required.
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