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Make Sure Your Cabling Plant is Ready for Wi-Fi 6

Pretty helpful read even though this is from 2020

While the first wave of Wi-Fi 6 products may be supported by 2.5GBASE-T or 5GBASE-T, allowing the installed base of Category 5e and Category 6 to potentially provide support, it’s highly unlikely that these cable types will ultimately support the maximum throughput potential.


As the second and third wave of products hit the market and push speeds beyond 5 Gb/s, two 5GBASE-T connections at a minimum will be required to each wireless access point to support link aggregation. And as the technology continues to advance towards its maximum theoretical throughput of 10 Gb/s, each Wi-Fi access point is expected to require a minimum of two Cat 6A connections.


It’s not just speed you’ll need to worry about. Most access points today are powered using PoE, and the more complex processing that occurs within a Wi-Fi 6 access points will require higher levels of PoE than we’ve seen for previous generations that primarily operated within the 30W of Type 2 PoE. Higher-end access points that aim to support both Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E may ultimately require 60 W Type 3 PoE.


 


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