Wi-Fi 6, Mesh Networking, and the Growth of More Intelligent Distributed Wi-Fi

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By Andrew Zignani | 1Q 2019 | IN-5395


Wi-Fi and Mesh Set for a Strong Year of Growth


From a Wi-Fi perspective, CES 2019 represented another significant milestone in the rollout of Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), with the event giving rise to several new announcements spanning chipsets, routers, multi-AP systems, platforms, and client devices. MediaTek announced their new Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth combo chip portfolio for home and enterprise APs, routers, gateways, and repeaters supporting 2x2 and 4x4 MIMO. Cypress Semiconductor announced a 2x2 combo Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth solution targeting automotive infotainment applications. Celeno launched their new CL8000 Wi-Fi 6 chip, while Intel and Qualcomm demonstrated their existing Wi-Fi 6 solutions and growing market traction.

On the device side, new Wi-Fi announcements and demonstrations from TP-Link, NETGEAR, ASUS, ARRIS, EnGenius, and HP, among others, further demonstrated the growing traction and expectation of Wi-Fi 6 growth in 2H 2019 and throughout 2020. However, beyond the headline attraction of Wi-Fi 6 in itself, it is becoming clear that different aspects of the Wi-Fi industry are converging to …

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