The Benefits of a Tri-Band AP
We will now discuss the cases where it makes the most sense to add better spectrum agility and a sensing radio when designing your box.
UTILIZE THE 6 GHZ BAND
6GHz adds a new spectrum that will enable better channel utilization and increased throughput. However, on day one, most client devices will most likely operate at 2.4GHz or 5GHz and will not necessarily support 6GHz. A Tri-Band design will enable the new generation of Wi-Fi 6E devices to benefit from the new band. The solution will also support a topology that would not be hard-wired limited in the many geographies that still do not have 6GHz available or in areas that do not have the devices that can benefit from the 6GHz. Both 5 and 6 GHz interfaces are necessary for a good design.
6 GHZ BAND CAN UTILIZE HIGHER THROUGHPUT
The 6GHz band doubles the effective throughputs compared to the practical throughputs achieved in the 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands. Because legacy devices will not operate on the 6GHz band, it will be used exclusively for Wi-Fi 6 traffic which will improve performance further comparatively to the congested 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.
DEDICATED MAC/PHY AND RF FOR ZERO-WAIT DFS PACKET CAPTURE/SNIFFING SPECTRUM ANALYSIS
Having the ability to enrich a design solution with insights of spectrum sensing and of zero-wait DFS, will enhance and position the product as a high performing/high value asset as compared to conventional products that do not support this functionality.
Packet Sniffing is the process of monitoring every packet that is passing through a network and provides insights on which frequency channels are used and how crowded they are. Sniffing capabilities in an AP design will provide better efficiency by selecting the best channels for maximum communication efficiency.