In September, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced the launch of the Wi-Fi 6 Certification Program, which aims to unify the standards for using Wi-Fi 6 devices, and that participating manufacturers can label the Wi-Fi 6 certification badge on the packaging of their devices. This also actually means the official uniform landing of the Wi-Fi 6 standard. On Thursday, the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) announced that it had successfully completed the first phase of testing of its Wi-Fi 6 infrastructure and services at its Mettis aerospace plant in the UK.
The trial, which is the first in the world to be considered an important part of the WBA’s Wi-Fi 6 test, is part of the world’s first attempt to analyze how the latest version of mobile Wi-Fi handles IoT devices in a mixed and crowded environment, it said.
Currently available in the latest routers, mobile phones and other consumer devices, Wi-Fi 6 is a user-friendly name now in use by the WBA, also known as 802.11ax (a successor to 802.11ac) (now renamed Wi-Fi). -Fi 5).
According to the WBA, the first phase of the test was conducted at the 27-acre Mettis Aerospace plant in the West Midlands between October 2019 and December 2019, which is a daunting challenge for Wi-Fi 6.
The new version of Wi-Fi must prove that it provides comprehensive connectivity to machines and devices through centralized monitoring and control systems. The technology is expected to provide real-time, high-bandwidth networks with very low latency, clearly prioritize data in large plant floors, and cause many interferences, noise and other barriers.
In addition, the WBA added that previous implementation tests using Wi-Fi did not work in Mettis’ factory environment. A few years ago, Metis tested Wi-Fi 4 or 802.11n in another of its field facilities using two access points and laptops. Connections work only intermittently, but not enough to provide a reliable Wi-Fi network.
Using smartphones, tablets, laptops and webcams equipped with Broadcom and Intel Wi-Fi 6 chipsets, the first phase of the test covers a variety of tasks, including:
4K stream transmission from a webcam installed on the machine in the factory.
Streaming 4k YouTube on a laptop using the Intel AX200 chip.
Upload very large video files over Wi-Fi.
Roaming, delayand and persistent connections during Wi-Fi video calls using your smartphone.
Augmented reality testing of machinery using a device with a Wi-Fi 6 chipset.
The WBA says Wi-Fi 6 technology uses 80 MHz channels to generate 700 Mbps during testing, while applications such as video calling and video streaming achieve low latency results below 6ms.
In a specific test of walking machine monitoring, a tablet computer is placed near a machine to instantly read the real-time pressure and performance of the machine.
“The completion of this initial phase marks an important milestone in the adoption of Wi-Fi 6,” WBA CEO Tiago Rodriguez said in a press release. “
“Metis’ facilities are a particularly challenging environment for wireless communication with furnaces, presses and heat, heavy machinery in large numbers of moving processes, and dust and airborne particles. Nevertheless, field tests conducted in this highly charged atmosphere have proven that Wi-Fi 6 technology works well and plays a vital role in industrial enterprises and ioT ecosystems if Wi-Fi 6 can provide highly reliable, high-quality and high-bandwidth communications in this type of factory environment. Then it can be delivered almost anywhere. “
The pilot phase was conducted by the WBA in partnership with member companies Broadcom, Cisco, iBwave and Intel, as well as Concurrent Engineering and Keysight. The second phase of the trial is expected to run for up to two months in 2020, focusing on further testing of IoT awareness of mixed reality applications and critical assets.
It’s worth noting, however, that while Wi-Fi 6 may have better economic and technical prospects as a standard for new Wi-Fi technologies with 5G pairs, for individual users, Wi-Fi 6 doesn’t seem to be worth paying for for, and the technology doesn’t offer visible benefits to home users.
Most existing mobile devices don’t have Wi-Fi 6 router performance, and while Wi-Fi 6 has faster bandwidth, the premise is that you’ve connected more than 50 devices.
In addition, Wi-Fi 6 is a new technology that currently costs a company for mobile phones or other devices a high cost. What’s more, the increased costs and the apparent benefits to home users can lead to slower adoption of Wi-Fi 6 chips. IDC’s research shows that mainstream adoption of Wi-Fi 6 will be completed by 2023 and will be available for up to three years.