On Wednesday, June 29th Advantage Technology held our first Advantage Lunch in the Morgantown area. We invited our friends at Extreme Networks to explain the giant leap forward that is Wi-Fi 6E. Wi-Fi 6E is the biggest change to Wi-Fi in the last 30 years! But what it all means to businesses takes a little unpacking, which makes it a perfect topic for an Advantage Lunch.
Check out the recap and let us know what thought of the event.
Have you been on a Zoom call and suddenly got kicked off? Been in the middle of a video stream that became unwatchable due to buffering? Or had intolerable lag with a cloud service? What gives? You pay a lot of money for high speed Internet access, why are you having all of these problems?
You’re probably a victim of spectrum congestion.
This is frustrating on your home network, but downright costly at your office. Fortunately, there is a solution; Wi-Fi 6E. And on June 29th, our friends at Extreme Networks are traveling to the The Erickson Alumni Center to explain it all over a delightful lunch provided to you free by Advantage Technology.
What is Wi-Fi 6E?
In the early days of Wi-Fi, most people had a laptop. A business network might need to accommodate three or four laptops but that’s about all. That early technology could easily accommodate those numbers. But today we live in a much different world.
Today you have multiple laptops, tablets, phones, watches, refrigerators, microwaves, lightbulbs, speakers, camera, doorbells and the list goes on and on! The networks are far more congested than anyone could have imagined and devices are all vying for the space that one laptop used to use. They’ve made lots of adjustments and tweaks to Wi-Fi over the years, but it wasn’t until the FCC voted in April 2020 to open up the 6GHz band that they actually realized revolutionary changes in the form of Wi-Fi 6E.
The opening of the 6GHz band is the biggest spectrum addition to Wi-Fi since 1989. The leap from 5GHz to 6GHz might not sound like much, but it essentially quadruples the amount of airwaves–14 additional 80MHz channels, and seven additional 160MHz channels–available for routers and smart devices.
What does all of that mean?
Gigabit speeds, extremely low latency and high capacity are just some benefits Wi-Fi 6E will bring to your network. No more dropped Zoom calls, no more buffering, no more lag!
We know it’s a lot to take in and not really all that easy to understand, and that’s why we invited Extreme Networks to explain it all at our next Advantage Lunch.
What is the Advantage Lunch?
For years Advantage Technology has held our Advantage Lunch events, where we invite members of the business community to enjoy lunch while we present to them the latest IT tools, trends and news. The best part? It’s 100% free, provided as a community service by Advantage Technology. If you’re in Morgantown on June 29th, we want you to sign-up below and attend the live presentation at the incredible Erickson Alumni Center with amazing food and atmosphere. Seating is limited so sign up now!