In five years, all you’re going to find is Wi-Fi 6, or what most wireless experts are still calling 802.11ax. Five years is a long time. If you’re considering an early move toward the most cutting-edge Wi-Fi technology on the market, there are some hurdles that you’ll have to overcome.
It’s important to understand why you’re updating, as well, noted Gartner senior principal analyst Bill Menezes. The main reason to upgrade now is futureproofing, given the lack of Wi-Fi 6-capable client devices on the market. However, there are particular use cases that could benefit from Wi-Fi 6-ready hardware more than others. Given the technology’s focus on efficiently connecting to large numbers of client devices via a single AP. Sports stadiums, convention halls and other large event venues are likely to benefit from Wi-Fi 6’s ability to handle lots of connections per endpoint.