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Recently on EDGE360, we explored how the Cisco Meraki program is a great resource for Value-Added Resellers (VARs) that are looking to expand IT offerings without adding in-house resources. One focus of the Meraki program is Wi-Fi 6, which is coming at a pivotal time for the industry and promises to be better than previous Wi-Fi standards.

Wi-Fi 6 is paving the way for innovative technologies, such as virtual reality and autonomous vehicles, as well as improving everyday connectivity. VARs that are exploring Meraki should become familiar with Wi-Fi 6 and its unique benefits. In a recent Cisco blog, the author took a look at the top three benefits of Wi-Fi 6.

Better Performance
Many public venues, such as college campuses, local governments, and event spaces have begun offering free public Wi-Fi. Hundreds or thousands of users put a massive strain on these networks, which aren’t designed to handle such large amounts of traffic. This often results in a subpar experience for the end users.

With Wi-Fi 6, this will no longer be a problem thanks to better high-density performance. Networks will be more resilient, faster, and able to connect more devices.

Faster speeds
Wi-Fi 6 will deliver faster speeds across all devices by leveraging higher throughputs. With a new set of software and services, augmented reality and SaaS apps will be a reality. From 2017 to 2022, the total amount of internet traffic will be higher than in the previous 32 years, making the need for Wi-Fi 6 apparent.

Wi-Fi 6 also will be useful in a typical household. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the average household with two teenagers will have to support around 50 internet-connected devices by 2022.

Energy efficiency
As phones have gotten faster, with better cameras, and larger screens, their battery life has suffered. Wi-Fi 6 promotes greater energy efficiency by reducing battery drain on devices connected to a wireless network. With a feature called Target Wake Time (TWT), a schedule is set for sending data packets to those connected – saving energy and data by allowing devices to settle into lower power mode. TWT can help devices consume up to 67% less power.

Interested in learning more about Wi-Fi 6? Join one of the upcoming Meraki trainings. The next session is set for 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, July 17.