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WLAN 2016 technology trends
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of February 2016 Vol 7 / No. 1
Innovation remains especially alive and well in the world of Wi-Fi, so let's look at our own top 10 2016 technology trends in the world of wireless LAN. 802.11ac Wave 2 is here at last Wave 2 of 802.11ac is usually defined as one of the following: Support for more than three MIMO streams -- two or three have been common to date, and the standard designates up to eight; Channel bandwidths of up to 160 MHz; and Support for multiuser MIMO, which enables an access point (AP) to beam distinct transmissions to multiple clients per transmit cycle. While not all of these capabilities were available at the end of 2015, expected improvements in radio architecture, design, firmware, antennas and management software mean Wave 2 will rapidly become the new baseline in 2016 technology trends. Analytics becomes a requirement Analytics is a set of techniques often associated with big data that's applied when you don't know what you're looking for. In the case of wireless LAN, tons of data relating to performance optimization, security, ...
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