Industry’s First Wi-Fi 6 AP Performance Evaluation Results
What Is Wi-Fi 6?
On October 4, 2018, the Wi-Fi Alliance officially announced the new name of the next-generation Wi-Fi technology 802.11ax — Wi-Fi 6.
Compared with previous generations of Wi-Fi standards, Wi-Fi 6 supports 8x8 UL and DL Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) transmission, higher-order 1024-Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (1024-QAM), Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (OFDMA), and spatial reuse through Basic Service Set (BSS) coloring. These new technologies enable Wi-Fi 6 to greatly improve the per-Access Point (AP) capacity and per-user bandwidth than Wi-Fi 5. Theoretically, the number of Wi-Fi 6 terminals and average throughput supported by a Wi-Fi 6 AP are both increased by four times. The Wi-Fi 6 network significantly reduces the waiting time caused by air interface conflicts, ensuring a good Wi-Fi service experience.
Huawei AP7060DN is a next-generation Wi-Fi 6 AP launched in 2018 and is also the first commercial Wi-Fi 6 AP product in the industry. With built-in omnidirectional antennas, the AP7060DN supports 12 spatial streams and provides an air interface rate of up to 6 Gbit/s. Such a high rate perfectly meets high-bandwidth and low-latency requirements for Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality (VR/AR), 4K/8K HD video, multimedia, and desktop cloud applications. Additionally, the AP7060DN allows for expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT) and is compatible with various IoT standards and protocols (such as Bluetooth, Zigbee, and RFID), implementing unified wireless access of the IoT and Wi-Fi networks.
With its 10GE uplink ports, the AP7060DN can easily eliminate bottlenecks in the upstream bandwidth, and therefore is ideal for enterprise office and education scenarios.
In January 2019, Tolly Group, an international authoritative provider of testing and validation, tested the performance of Huawei’s Wi-Fi 6 AP7060DN. Huawei wants Tolly to validate and test the AP7060DN bandwidth, number of concurrent connections, compatibility with Wi-Fi 5, Wi-Fi 4, and earlier 802.11b/a/g networks, and IoT access capability.
The test results are as follows: