To be unveiled at Habitech’s upcoming 10G networking event, the UK’s first 802.11ax AP marks a dramatic leap in capability from gigabit to multi-gigabit Wi-Fi states its supplier.

Habitech says it is delighted to be offering Ruckus Networks’ R750 802.11ax indoor Wi-Fi Access Point to UK integrators. Built for ultra-dense residential and commercial client environments, and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 from the Wi-Fi Alliance, the R750 will support device speeds approaching four times that of its predecessor Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac).

Destined to be the mainstream Wi-Fi standard by 2021, the Wi-Fi 6 protocol will accommodate many more devices simultaneously at speeds approaching 10 Gbps.

It uses Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) to organise traffic frequencies into subcarriers boosting network capacity; it adds MU-MIMO support for simultaneous client data transmissions upstream to APs, as well as downstream to devices.

Both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands are supported, and maximum physical (PHY) data transfer speeds increase to 10G.

Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM) methods have risen from 256 to 1024, greatly increasing total throughput, and the finer coordination of transmit time means that device radios are online for shorter periods, improving power efficiency.

By harnessing the R750’s Wi-Fi 6 capabilities, Habitech argues UK integrators are able to optimise future-ready network capacity for their customers today, dramatically improving the speed and integrity of simultaneous high density connectivity while integrating next-gen Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WPA3 security.   

In detail

The Ruckus R750 is a dual-band, dual-concurrent Wi-Fi 6 AP that offers eight spatial streams (4×4:4 in 5GHz, 4×4:4 in 2.4GHz), 3.5 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) aggregate throughput and embedded Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Zigbee radios.

Complementing Ruckus’ advanced Wi-Fi design technologies, enhanced Wi-Fi 6 features allow the R750 to support a larger and more diverse set of client devices including those demanding peak performance, such as for 4K video streaming and AR/VR applications, as well as IoT sensors requiring low power and low latency.

Ruckus’ collaboration with the Wi-Fi Alliance has contributed to the successful launch of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6, with the Ruckus R750 AP serving as one of the first products in the test bed for interoperability certification.

Ruckus was also involved with the original specification and testing and helped spearhead efforts to get the standard finalised and released.

Ruckus Networks’ R750 Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 Access Point will be joined by the latest Ruckus’ 10G switch range and other ultra-fast networking intros at TechFest 10G to be held at Basingstoke January 21-22.

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