Preparing for Wi-Fi 6: Cabling Considerations for High Efficiency Wireless Access Point Connections

A new wave of Wi-Fi is here! The IEEE 802.11ax Enhancements for High Efficiency Wireless (HEW) LAN standard1 has far reaching implications with respect to cabling infrastructure design. Users can expect their current wireless speeds to appreciably increase by switching to Wi-Fi 6 gear with greater than 5 Gb/s data rate capability. Plus, 1024-QAM modulation, 160 MHz channel bandwidth, and a maximum of eight spatial streams can theoretically deliver 9.61 Gb/s in the future!