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WiFi 6 – The latest wireless standard

As well as a speed boost for single users, busy and client-dense environments also benefit significantly.

Lower latency (lag), less pauses in connectivity, greater overall performance for more users are all a result of both the improvement in speed achieved and more efficient resource sharing.

The enhanced speeds, more than previously capable while many users may be downloading content at the same time, are achieved by WiFi 6 – or 802.11ax, to use it’s bandwidth term – bringing in advanced new techologies and features, whilst taking full advantage of some that have already been used to great effect in 4G and LTE networks.

The key technologies are:

OFDMA – Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access

For sharing a radio frequency between multiple users. 4G networks and now Wi-Fi 6 use this to provide data to many users at once.

Previous Wi-Fi standards have access points communicate with wireless clients, one at a time. Sending to one client, then moving on to send to the next. This can become more inefficient as the number of clients connected increases, users wait longer for their turn, causing more packet loss, laggy video and buffering.

Wi-Fi 6 uses OFDMA to split up an access point’s channel bandwidth into small chunks referred to as Resource Units. Then it uses complex scheduling in the background to determine which users need more resources at any one time.

BSS Colouring – Less Interference with BSS Colouring

Managing interference with wireless networks can often be a difficult and time-consuming task, whether conflicting with neighbouring networks or managing channel assignment for wireless networks spanning multiple APs; If another network is transmitting on the same channel, this will cause drops in performance for everyone, while clients and access points wait for the air to clear before sending.

Wi-Fi 6 introduces a feature called ‘BSS Colouring’, with BSS being the Basic Service Set or Access Point. Each Wi-Fi 6 wireless network adds a unique identifier/number to its transmissions, as an additional identifier beyond just the frequency / channel, which is used to detect whether the wireless channel is clear to send when the Access Point and Client are preparing to send data to each other.

Dual-Band – Performance Boost and Improved Range with 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi 6

There are two primary frequencies used for wireless networking at present, 2.4GHz and 5GHz. The 2.4GHz frequency band has a smaller and more crowded space to operate within than 5GHz, so it’s comparatively slower than the larger and more spread out 5GHz band. However, in some situations, it has a significant advantage over the 5GHz band because the lower frequency allows it to pass through objects, such as walls and floors, potentially better than 5GHz wireless. This means that in some home and office installations, 2.4GHz wireless can reach some locations that 5GHz wireless may not be able to cover.

The 802.11ax standard brings performance improvements to both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, giving a better performance to each. The previous 802.11ac Wi-Fi 5 standard only brought its performance improvements to the larger 5GHz band, which could limit the coverage possible in some scenarios.

Target Wake Time – Better Battery Life on Mobile Devices with Target Wake Time

Target Wake Time allows client devices to extend their battery life with Wi-Fi 6, by staying in lower power states for longer. Only checking in with the wireless network when needed.

WPA3 Security – Stronger Security with the latest WPA3 Encryption

Wi-Fi 6 also updates security to include the latest WPA3 security standard. WPA3-Enterprise security offers greater 192-bit encryption strength for networks using RADIUS & 802.1x authentication. RADIUS authentication can be managed either with an external server or the VigorAP’s built-in RADIUS server.

Now that the more technical aspects of WiFi 6 have been looked into, you’ll need some hardware to take advantage of what WiFi 6 has to offer. And to that, you can’t go wrong with a Draytek WiFi 6 router.

DrayTek WiFi 6 Routers

Vigor2927 Series and 2865 Series ax model variants

The 2927ax and 2865ax are both fully compliant with the latest WiFi6 (802.11ax) standard to provide a better WiFi experience for users. Both feature MU-MIMO and OFDMA technology, so you can enjoy the ultrafast speed with powerful wireless capacity and efficiency to truly get the most out of these Routers.

DrayTek Vigor 2865ax VDSL Router
with Wi-Fi 6 AX3000 wireless

DrayTek Vigor 2865ax VDSL router with Wi-Fi 6 AX3000 wireless
The Vigor 2865ax is a VDSL and Ethernet WAN router featuring VPN, advanced routing features, firewall, content filtering, bandwidth management, and more. Connect the Vigor 2865 to Superfast Fibre with its integrated VDSL modem. Or connect to VirginMedia Cable and Ultrafast FTTP with Ethernet WAN.

Featuring high throughput with Load Balancing and Failover connectivity, suitable for handling Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) and Gigabit Internet connections. Offering up to 950Mbps per-WAN of Hardware Accelerated throughput while retaining its full feature set.

With Wi-Fi 6 AX3000 wireless, it provides ultra-fast and efficient wireless coverage, to your network’s computers and devices. In addition, the router can connect to Wireless networks for Internet access, allowing it to make use of Mobile Hotspot wireless connections and nearby wireless networks, where for instance a neighbour’s wireless network could provide an emergency backup connection.

Features:

  • AX3000 – Wi-Fi 6 Dual Band Wireless
  • VDSL2 (Superfast Fibre) and Gigabit Ethernet WAN Router
  • Multi-WAN Gigabit Performance Router with Load-Balancing & Failover
  • Up to 950Mbps Firewall Throughput for Ethernet WAN
  • 5+1 Gigabit RJ-45 LAN Ports
  • Up to 800Mbps VPN Throughput with IPsec acceleration
  • 32 LAN-to-LAN & Remote Teleworker VPN Tunnels
  • 16 DrayTek SSL VPN or OpenVPN Tunnels
  • 8 LAN Subnets with VLANs (Port-based / 802.1q).
  • SPI Firewall and Content Filtering
  • Optional VigorCare Available
  • Can be centrally Managed by VigorACS

Buy DrayTek Vigor 2865ax VDSL Router

DrayTek Vigor 2927ax Router
with WiFi 6 AX3000 wireless

DrayTek Vigor 2927ax router with Wi-Fi 6 AX3000 wireless
The Vigor 2927ax features ultra-fast and highly efficient WiFi 6, or 802.11ax. OFDMA allows the router to send to more than one device at a time, splitting up wireless frequency into blocks, assigning more to users that need more e.g. video data, less to users that need less e.g. VoIP calls, then sending all at once. This ensures all users have less of a wait, greatly improving efficiency. It allows the router to effectively and responsively, serve more wireless clients.

Features:

  • Gigabit-Dual WAN Load Balancer
  • 4G+ LTE Modem with Dual-SIM
  • WiFi 6 AX3000 Wireless
  • Ideal VPN router for SMB
  • 5+1 Gigabit LAN Ports with VLANs
  • Designed shuts down all UK outlets for safety in case of overload
  • Lifetime Limited Warranty

Buy DrayTek Vigor 2927ax Router

 

And if you want to take your newly souped-up network even further, then why not throw in a DrayTek WiFi 6 Access Point.

 

DrayTek WiFi 6 Access Points

Lightweight AP with Pro performance

Great for taking your wireless network to the next level.

DrayTek VigorAP 960C
WiFi 6 Mesh 11ax Ceiling AP with PoE

DrayTek VigorAP 960C Wi-Fi 6 Mesh 11ax Ceiling AP with PoE
VigorAP 960C is an 11ax ceiling-mount wireless access point. With wire-liked speed up to 1.2 Gbps in 5GHz band and 600Mbps in 2.4GHz, it’s suitable for high-density environments. It can be cloud-managed by VigorACS, and also act as the mesh Root AP to manage up to 7 mesh node APs in LAN.

The VigorAP 960C comes with a factory reset button, security lock and LAN: 10/100/1000M Base-T RJ45 PoE-PD support vis the LAN port.

Features:

  • Dual Band: Concurrent 5GHz and 2.4GHz
  • AX1800: Delivers link rate up to 1.8 Gbps
  • 256 Users: Active at maximum, 128 per radio
  • Mesh: Easily link to other VigorAP to expand the wireless network
  • Assisted Wi-Fi Roaming: Solve the sticky client problem and improve Wi-Fi roaming experience
  • PoE Power Supply: Simplify the infrastructure by getting data and power through a single cable
  • Wi-Fi Scheduling: Schedule Wi-Fi On and Off to control wireless access and save energy
  • Multiple SSID: Mapping Wi-Fi clients to different VLANs and have a different set of security standards
  • Local RADIUS Server: User profile database for local and external 802.1x authentication
  • Airtime Fairness: Equalize the transmission time of each client so the legacy devices won’t slow everyone down
  • Hotspot Web Portal: Market your business and communicate with the guests while offering hospitality WLAN
  • Band Steering: Redirect 5GHz-capable devices to the 5GHz radio to get a faster speed
  • Central AP Management: Manage, maintain, and monitor VigorAP 960C from the DrayTek routers

Buy DrayTek VigorAP 960C WiFi 6 AP

DrayTek Vigor AP1060C
Ceiling or Wall Mounted AX 3600 Mesh Wireless PoE Access Point

DrayTek Vigor AP1060C WiFi 6 Mesh Wireless Access Point
VigorAP 1060C is a high-performance ceiling-mounted Mesh Wireless solution, offering up to 3.6Gbps Dual-Band wireless performance, and up to 2.5Gb Ethernet connectivity. Its third dedicated radio helps with auto channel selection, and Wireless Intrusion Detection Systems (WIDS).

The DrayTek VigorAP 1060C is a Wi-Fi 6 AX3600 access point with 2.5Gbps Ethernet capability. The latest wireless standard dramatically improves performance, handling efficiently multiple users and devices. The technology is partially based on LTE features used on mobile networks where many connections are managed by a single AP (mast).

Features:

  • Mesh Wireless: Link up to 8 DrayTek VigorAP access points over wireless with Mesh. Mesh auto-configures wireless links
  • 2.5 Gigabit Over Ethernet: Power the VigorAP 1060C through its 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet cable with standard IEEE 802.3af PoE
  • Easy to Configure and Manage: Quickly and easily configure VigorAPs to fit your requirements with the DrayTek Wireless app
  • Third Radio for RF Analytics and Security: A dedicated third radio for monitoring channels for airtime availability and wireless security with WIDS
  • Wi-Fi 6 – Fast & Efficient: AX3600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Access Point. Speedy experience with greater capacity
  • Ceiling or Wall Mounted: Flexible mounting options allow the VigorAP 1060C to be fitted to walls or ceilings easily
  • Wireless Security & VLANs: Secure your wireless networks with 802.1x and Access Control
  • Multi-SSID over Mesh: DrayTek’s Mesh solution provides separate wireless networks over Mesh with VLAN support
  • AP & Repeater Modes: Extend wireless signal from an existing network or use the VigorAP 1060C as a stand-alone AP
  • AP-Assisted Roaming: DrayTek VigorAPs ensure that clients are always connected to their closest access point
  • Central Management with VigorACS: Manage VigorAPs from the cloud with DrayTek VigorACS, or manage all APs on-site in one place
  • Mobile Device Management: Visualise client data usage and control client access through the VigorAP’s advanced web interface

Buy DrayTek VigorAP 1060C WiFi 6 AP

 

With these tools at your disposal, your network – with the power of WiFi 6 – will soar higher than ever before. Allowing you to continue to grow your business with confidence.

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