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Certified or Compatible? What You Need to Know When Considering Wi-Fi 6

Be careful when considering Wi-Fi 6 devices: there are already vendors whose products lack a primary Wi-Fi 6 requirement, OFDMA-uplink capability and won’t qualify as certified devices. If you don’t read the data sheets carefully, watching for asterisks, you could be stuck. That’s one of the key takeaways from Interop Tokyo.

I had the pleasure of attending Interop Tokyo last week, and a great opportunity to participate in a panel discussion on 802.11ax with the chair of the IEEE 11ax task group, Osama Aboul-Magd. We had a fantastic in-depth discussion on the status of 11ax/Wi-Fi 6, or at least I thought so because there were no open seats in the room!


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