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To Wave 2 or not to Wave 2?

Jon Gold | June 8, 2016
The second wave of the gigabit WiFi 802.11ac standard – known as “wave 2” – is the cutting edge, but should you just wait for 11ax?

John Ciarlone is vice president of sales at Hummingbird Networks, a VAR that sells primarily Cisco/Meraki products. He said that even if the promised high speeds can be realized, limitations on the rest of the infrastructure could make them irrelevant.

“First of all, you have very few devices that have wave 2 as it is,” Ciarlone said. “Most people’s infrastructure won’t support it.”

Realistically, of course, the decision on whether to go with wave 2 or wait for ax is situational. Businesses that are still using a/b/g/n gear should probably upgrade sooner rather than later, but a company that just finished a move to wave 1 ac access points doesn’t need to rush right out and buy wave 2.


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