The world is very modern right now where the Aruba Network is working hard to create a big breakthrough, the 6 ghz band spectrum. But Aruba still has a lot of homework to do to make this happen. Everyone hopes that of course this can happen and can provide new breakthroughs in the world of IT. Meanwhile, for Aruba Indonesia partners, of course NetData is one of them. Then there are some challenges that Aruba must face and solve, namely.
Aruba Indonesia Partner With More Channel Designs
Obviously, one way of having the added spectrum of changing network design is that the number of channels available to choose from will increase dramatically. With the release of a spectrum of this size, we have the ability to add seven 160-MHz, 14 80-MHz, 29 40-MHz, and 59 20-MHz channels. That new spectrum, combined with the efficiency of Wi-Fi 6 (also known as 802.11ax), has the potential to provide an unprecedented amount of bandwidth – something we’ve never seen on Wi-Fi.
Some believe that 11ax will end the dual 5 GHz radio AP because the amount of capacity and efficiency it introduces is far greater than what 11ac can support – and dual 5 GHz radios are not needed. I agree because I think we’ll see those radios splitting between 5 GHz and 6 GHz to make the most of the available spectrum. But this raises an interesting problem. As we all know, we must continue to offer backward compatibility according to the 802.11 standard, so what happens to the new and efficient 2.4 GHz spectrum?
Increased Power Consumption Design
The second way that will influence network design is how the cable infrastructure is constructed from a power perspective. I believe that we will see in the near future even more power-hungry APs offering support for many of today’s features such as the ZigBee and BLE, but we will also look at the tri-radio requirements. The ability to offer “greenfield” service to 11ax clients in a 6 GHz space via a third Wi-Fi radio will be critical in seeing how efficient 11ax really is.
Even then, one could wonder if tri-radio AP would be enough. When we look at how things like Aruba Adaptive Radio Management (ARM) and AirMatch operate, we need a report of every channel we could potentially use and that the data usually comes from channel scans and out-of-channels. Can you imagine how long it took to scan an additional 59 channels? For the sake of comparison, we only have a total of 36 channels to use in the US at the moment. That certainly proposes an interesting problem for hardware engineers to consider.
Wi-Fi Should Play Well with Others
Finally, we must remember that the potential release of this new spectrum will not leave the network industry with limited room to do whatever we want. There are old users such as the U.S. Department of Defense. that is already operating in space and that’s going to need some kind of frequency coordination. I agree that this sounds like something that could quickly become a nightmare, as I have seen before happening with single events like major league sports, but I hope that for everyone’s sake we can find a peaceful and easy resolution to this issue.
Ultimately, many of these changes are simple things for which we don’t have answers at this point. With so many final rules still being considered by governing bodies, you never know what will make it the final proposal, but fortunately for us, the Wi-Fi horizon definitely looks better to us than it has been in some time.
However, it is possible that the 6 GHz spectrum will be realized in the future. And to use Aruba you need Aruba Indonesia’s most trusted partner, NetData.