Qualcomm, Huawei Wireless, Cisco, Aruba, Broadcom and Quantenna are just a few of the companies throwing their support behind the next wave in Wi-Fi, appropriately called "wave 2" features that more efficiently handle high-bandwidth applications.
Qualcomm was first to market with 802.11ac Wave 2 for the enterprise, and now it's getting out in front with a new family of tri-radio 802.11ac platforms designed for home networks. Qualcomm made the tri-radio announcement at the Computex 2016 trade show in Taipei, Taiwan.
With support in more than 60 client devices and more than 25 routers, the 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi standard is gaining traction and will become the highest shipping Wi-Fi standard yet, according to Strategy Analytics.
Two of Netscout Systems' devices will see Wi-Fi functionality upgrades for better compatibility with the 802.11ac standard. The Fluke Networks Enterprise Solution OptiView XG Network Analysis Tablet and the OneTouch AT Generation 2 Network Assistant, which Netscout says are two of its business arm's most popular network analysis tools, are currently rolling out the upgrade.
PCTEL recently introduced new compact panel antennas to its VenU line of broadcast access products. The new antennas offer 3-port and 4-port MIMO options, which support "dual-band coverage for high-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi networks covering both 2.4-2.5 GHz and 4.9-5.9 GHz on each port."
Ruckus Wireless has announced the ZoneFlex P300 bridge system, an outdoor Smart Wi-Fi bridging system. The ZoneFlex P300 was designed for high-density user environments such as business parks, school campuses, urban centers, warehouses and other outdoor venues.
In-flight Wi-Fi may have gotten a boost with embedded computing technology company Kontron's Cab-n-Connect, an A100 cabin wireless access point (CWAP) that the company says improves bandwidth efficiency and security.
Ruckus Wireless is trying to stir up the Wi-Fi industry with the introduction of what it claims is the industry's first Wi-Fi access point based on Wave 2 features of the 802.11ac standard, enabling multi-gigabit Wi-Fi performance and "unprecedented" capacity.
Qualcomm Atheros is doing its part of make better use of Wi-Fi spectrum with multi-user (MU), multiple input-multiple output (MIMO) technology. Expanding on its portfolio of 802.11ac 2.0 capable chips, the company is introducing the QCA9377, which extends the performance benefits of Qualcomm's branded MU|EFX technology to notebooks, TVs, cameras and other consumer electronics that are connected to crowded Wi-Fi networks.
Mobile operators offloading their data traffic to Wi-Fi need the latest and greatest testing and monitoring solutions to ensure the Wi-Fi networks being used meet carrier-grade quality requirements, and that will drive continued growth in the market for Wi-Fi test equipment, according to a new study from Frost & Sullivan.