Actiontec Electronics has announced a new suite of products that support Wi-Fi 6, the new Wi-Fi standard that offers increased speeds and better support for the growing number of connected devices in the home. Actiontec’s Wi-Fi 6 suite includes wireless gateways, routers, extenders and repeaters – all offering carrier-grade performance and manageability. Actiontec’s Wi-Fi 6 products will enable broadband service providers to deliver a noticeably better home wireless experience and meet the growing demands for more speed and more devices.
“Wi-Fi 6 is an incredibly exciting advancement in the home network. This groundbreaking standard is going to provide the foundation for a number of key applications in the home network, including ultra high-definition video, densely connected IoT apps, as well as emerging use cases,” said Brian Henrichs, Chief Business Development Officer at Actiontec Electronics. “With Actiontec’s record for delivering to service provider needs, carriers can confidently deploy Wi-Fi 6 technology in the home to meet the evolving needs of their customers.”
Wi-Fi 6 is the Wi-Fi Alliance’s certification program based on the IEEE 802.11ax standard. It delivers nearly four times the capacity of Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), higher data rates, better performance in environments with many connected devices, and improved power efficiency. Connected devices in the home will get lower latency, improved battery life and better overall performance. And support for WPA3 delivers advanced security protocols and the latest generation of Wi-Fi security to protect the connected home.
Wi-Fi 6 also offers key benefits for IoT deployments in the home. With support for Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA), channels are divided up into many smaller sub-channels. One sub-channel provides more than enough bandwidth for most IoT traffic, enabling the IoT device to focus its transmit power over a narrow band for better range and power efficiency. In addition, IoT devices will benefit from Target Wakeup Time (TWT), which enables devices to use less power to significantly improve battery life.
In addition to its home networking and broadband hardware solutions, Actiontec’s Optim Managed Service Assurance Platform enables service providers to maximize their Wi-Fi 6 deployment by managing complex home networks with a mix of Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 5 and legacy technology. The award-winning, cloud-based Optim platform provides a suite of WiFi management, IoT security, customer self-service tools, big data analytics, speed verification tools and more. It gives providers a unified view of subscriber homes, along with real-time and historical visibility into WiFi performance for quick and effective troubleshooting. Optim also includes machine learning algorithms that proactively identify and fix problems.