Sample Research Paper on New Wi-Fi Standard


The IEEE committee creates and preserves specifications for the wireless communication principles (Lamestra, 2010). These standards provide the foundation on which wireless network products using Wi-Fi are grounded. The present-day and most prevalent Wi-Fi standard is the 802.11n also known as wireless-N (Ngo, 2012). This standard built on the 801.11 standard with improvements to the former standard to include multiple-input multiple-output antennas. As of 2013 however, a new standard, the 802.11ac, was approved, building on the previous 802.11n standard, but with more features (Kelly, 2014).

The evolution of the Wi-Fi standard to the next generation 802.11ac, according to Kelly (2014), was because of need to higher multi-user throughput in WLANS. This is in addition to improving the user experience as well as improving on the data rates. The improvement is especially visible in the speeds that the new standard can achieve—up to 7Gbps over the 5G band, which is 10 times more speed than the previous standard (wireless-N) (Kelly, 2014).

Bundled in the new standard is the ability to host wider channels moving from the 40 MHz to 160 MHz, which was available on the Wireless-N standard (Hachman, 2014). Additionally, the fresh standard has the ability to provide Multi-user multiple-input multiple-output. Routers in the market with the new standard are backward compatible with other Wi-Fi standard, and their installation means that devices can still connect the same way they did with the previous standard, although an upgrade in the hardware is required to achieve the new speeds (Ngo, 2012).

The new standard supports 5G speeds only, and is therefore certain to improve the battery life of most mobile devices that will have it. Although Wireless-N routers supported both the 2.4G and 5G frequencies, the routers with the new standard will support 5G speeds only, although they will remain backward compatible with other Wi-Fi standards.



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