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Wi-Fi's 2021 upgrade When is a good time and Why

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Wi-Fi is going to be better like never before. This year we are going to see the new client devices with support for Wi-Fi 6E. The new upgrade is essentially like increasing your wireless connection and speed. With this new spectrum it will mean faster connect times, higher-speed connections, and that translates to the airwaves are less likely to be congested.

Wi-Fi 6E

How will this “fix” my existing network?
We often experience difficulty while connecting with the Wi-Fi network, which mostly means bandwidth congestion. This is a shared highway just like our cars drive on and with WIFI 6e (for 6ghz) we extra lanes, that nobody is using. We have it all to ourselves!
Whenever too many devices are trying to connect over the same frequencies, sometimes devices start getting dropped or have hold off. We have a monitoring service that tells you exactly what the issue is with eT Network Patrol, but more on that in another article.
6GHZ Wi-Fi called 6e is offering a new spacious band that will not overlap with other signals like on some current Wi-Fi channels.
Previously all existing Wi-Fi devices operated on two spectrum bands, 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Wi-Fi 6E adds a third 6GHz. Wi-Fi 6E adds a fresh unused (indoor) spectrum. That means you can have larger, higher-speed connections, and are less likely to be congested. If you want to keep up to date when Companies Like Aruba, Cisco, Extreme and CommScope (Ruckus) drop us a line and we will put you on our short blast mailing on what to look out for at ads@etribeca.com

When to upgrade to WIFI 6e?
If your current WIFI network is more than three years old, then possibly it is time to upgrade. Devices that support Wi-Fi 6 (no 6ghz, that is 7e) are becoming more common, both higher-end models as well as some value priced ones. Contact us and we can advise you further on your specific needs. We can expect all devices supporting Wi-Fi 6E new hardware to be available by 2022-2023.

Conclusion
Simply put, if you refresh every 3 years and are ready to upgrade in early 2021, then stick with WIFI 6 Access Points however start to plan/design for the WIFI 6e from a cable deployment prospective (cat 5 for example will not support the higher speeds).
Building for 6e today is a design consideration, if you are ready to upgrade and have aging equipment and looking to get competitive hardware pricing from the manufactures to upgrade now rather than wait for WIFI 6e. If waiting for 6e is not an option (lots of entities are upgrading during Covid as they have easier access to office areas with less people onsite) or if your vendor has not released anything yet, it will depend on when your next refresh might be required; example end of support equipment.

Get Back to Work Safe & Reliable

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Governor Cuomo today advised us all
• "Know what you are doing before you do it”
• "Reopening now needs to be Reimaging”

This is our Mantra at eTribeca for your Network and Wi-Fi improvements. We can design and validate your improvements over the next 90 days, do not forget Flu Season at the end of the Year and we may be right back at this.
• When did you last review your Wi-Fi network and is it designed for the new reality of the workplace?
• eTribeca has the experience to assist you. We have a design team ready to review your office and make recommendations and improvements. We have been building Wi-Fi for 20 years and understand that things change over time. But this moment is a dramatic change.
• Is your network covering 100% of your office space?
• If not, what can we do to prepare for the workforce Return?
• Your network has not been used for nearly 3-month; May 15th is it still working.
eTribeca has a national Wi-Fi and network team, leverage on our 20 plus years of building Wi-Fi and experts in the field.

eTribeca can review your network before employee return and make recommendations. IF required, we can dispatch Wi-Fi and network engineers to enhance and upgrade the network and get you up and running for that Day 1 return and not day 57!

Control the Valve, we can also do this in stages and assist you with our expert knowledge.

Let us help you with your home workforce. You rushed to get them up and running, it looks like it may now be permanent.

Still working from home - We have the tools for Improved Home Wi-Fi (we have special equipment pricing for this)

How about Secure Video with Cisco Webex and Lifesize?
We have some great low cost or even free offerings.
Keep in mind while saying that the state will reopen in "phases," Cuomo did not give many specifics. "On many of these things, I'm not comfortable getting too far ahead of ourselves," Cuomo said.

Major Announcement by FCC on Access Points

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FCC has made a major announcement on expanding what your Access Points can support going into 2021 and beyond. The world of Wi-Fi will become less congested inside buildings and commercial spaces a key benefit as well as increased Bandwidth.
Below is the press release by the FCC and you will find out more information on what’s next online at various sites. Our take is this is great news but its going to take time to get this into the Access Points by the Cisco, Aruba, Extreme/Aerohive, CommScope/Ruckus and more. The key is when the end user devices laptops, iPhones and more can support this.

FCC ADOPTS NEW RULES FOR THE 6 GHz BAND, UNLEASHING 1,200 MEGAHERTZ OF SPECTRUM FOR UNLICENSED USE

Commission Provides a Boost to Wi-Fi and Other Unlicensed Uses While Protecting Incumbent Services in the Band
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission today adopted rules that make 1,200 megahertz of spectrum in the 6 GHz band (5.925–7.125 GHz) available for unlicensed use. These new rules will usher in Wi-Fi 6, the next generation of Wi-Fi, and play a major role in the growth of the Internet of Things. Wi-Fi 6 will be over two-and-a-half times faster than the current standard and will offer better performance for American consumers. Opening the 6 GHz band for unlicensed use will also increase the amount of spectrum available for Wi-Fi by nearly a factor of five and help improve rural connectivity.
The 6 GHz band is currently populated by, among others, microwave services that are used to support utilities, public safety, and wireless backhaul. Unlicensed devices will share this spectrum with incumbent licensed services under rules crafted to protect those licensed services and enable both unlicensed and licensed operations to thrive throughout the band.
The Report and Order authorizes indoor low-power operations over the full 1,200 megahertz and standard-power devices in 850 megahertz in the 6 GHz band. An automated frequency coordination system will prevent standard power access points from operating where they could cause interference to incumbent services.
The Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks comment on a proposal to permit very low-power devices to operate across the 6 GHz band to support high data rate applications including high-performance, wearable, augmented-reality and virtual-reality devices. The notice also seeks comment on increasing the power at which low-power indoor access points may operate.
Unlicensed devices that employ Wi-Fi and other unlicensed standards have become indispensable for providing low-cost wireless connectivity in countless products used by American consumers. In making broad swaths of the 6 GHz spectrum available for unlicensed use, the FCC envisions new innovative technologies and services that will deliver new devices and applications to American consumers and advance the Commission’s goal of making broadband connectivity available to all Americans, especially those in rural and underserved areas.

Action by the Commission April 23, 2020 by Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 20-51). Chairman Pai, Commissioners O’Rielly, Carr, Rosenworcel, and Starks approving and issuing separate statements. ET Docket No. 18-295; GN Docket No. 17-183