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802.11ad Will Vastly Enhance Wi-Fi: The Importance of the 60 GHz Band to Wi-Fi’s Continued Evolution

05 Apr 2016

Wi-Fi continues to evolve in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, but as those bands get more crowded, the industry will increasingly look to IEEE 802.11ad, also known as WiGig, in the unlicensed 60 GHz band. 802.11ad provides multiple Gigabit per second data rates and solves congestion issues by:

  • Using ultra-wideband channel widths of 2.16 GHz
  • Using the 60 GHz band instead of the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz band
  • Using beamforming to form narrow beams in 60 GHz spectrum, allowing for other products to use even the same channel at the same time in many cases
  • Being a part of the Wi-Fi ecosystem with tri-band solutions that can do handoffs between 60 GHz and the other Wi-Fi bands

The goal of 802.11ad is to address the congestion and capacity issues, resulting in an improved user experience.

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