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Huawei Wifi 7 AP(Access Point) Turbo Charges Wifi for Heavy Data Uses

Global data traffic is continuously expanding, with more devices sending and receiving larger amounts of data than ever before. Vehicles, machines, sensors, medical instruments, and several IoT devices make up a significant proportion of the present internet landscape. Consequently, the number of devices connected to a single WLAN access point (AP) at one time is rapidly increasing, causing strains on network bandwidth, latency, and throughput.Most importantly, the increased proportion of voice/video traffic is leading to an escalation in the number of connected devices per average user.

Under these circumstances, Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6 are falling short of fulfilling the advanced requirements of speed, reliability, and accessibility. However, the deployment of faster, higher-capacity Wi-Fi 7 technology, based on the IEEE 802.11be standard, could significantly alleviate these issues.

Huawei is spearheading the implementation of this next-gen technology and has recently more than delivered on their promise, offering up to double the capacity of Wi-Fi 6 with their new Wi-Fi 7 APs.

Huawei’s Entry into Wi-Fi 7

Huawei’s foray into Wi-Fi 7 started with feature optimization on wireless network coverage, terminal roaming, user experience assurance, and visualized O&M. Their innovative approach led to their Wi-Fi 7 solution’s release. The Wireless Broadband Alliance subsequently awarded the Huawei AirEngine Wi-Fi 7 Network Solution their “Best Enterprise Wi-Fi Network 2023” Award.

Shenzhen Talent Institute and Southwest Jiaotong University are among a handful of institutions that have implemented Huawei’s new technology. Network improvements include increased bandwidth, lower latency, more secure connections, and the ability to accommodate double the prior volume of concurrent terminals.

The Promise of Wi-Fi 7

The Huawei AirEngine 8771-X1T access point (AP), one of the company’s flagship Wi-Fi 7 devices, features intelligent antenna tuning designed to support resource-demanding services like augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR). The device includes impressive 12T12R antennas supporting 12 spatial streams, delivering throughput as high as 18.67 Gbit/s.

Huawei’s continued commitment to innovation is evidenced in their new coordinated scheduling feature between multiple APs in the Wi-Fi 7 range, reducing interference and increasing resource utilization. These features ranked Huawei’s technology as delivering up to four times the industry average for throughput in a Wi-Fi 7 AP performance test conducted by the independent Tolly lab.

Driving IoT-Wireless Synergies

Huawei sees the convergence of improved WLAN technology and IoT as a chance to develop new business models, improve user experience, and boost operational and energy efficiencies. Huawei estimates that Wi-Fi and IoT convergence have slashed total cost of ownership by up to 50% in various industrial implementations.

By incorporating IoT functionality directly into their Wi-Fi 7 devices, Huawei aims to reduce network interference and improve network performance. In the future, Huawei aims to work closely with its global customers to build 10 Gbit/s wireless networks in multiple sectors, exploring new Wi-Fi 7 use cases and continuously improving user experience, performance, and security capabilities in its Wi-Fi 7 solution.

Who Else Makes Wi-Fi 7 Access Points?

Several manufacturers have made strides in providing next-generation Wi-Fi 7 access points.

  1. Ubiquiti. Ubiquiti’s UniFi WiFi brings a massively scalable WiFi 7 platform that’s capable of delivering wired-like user experiences[1%5E].
  2. TP-Link. TP-Link offers the Omada EAP780, which is a ceiling-mount Tri-Band Wi-Fi 7 Access Point[2%5E]. They are also highlighting it in their Wi-Fi 7 Product Launch Event[4%5E]. It’s also worth noting that TP-Link claims to be the first vendor to release a complete home and business WiFi 7 product range[5%5E].
  3. RUCKUS Networks. The RUCKUS R770 is an enterprise-class Wi-Fi 7 access point that leverages advanced capabilities of Wi-Fi 7 and patented RUCKUS innovations[3%5E].

These manufacturers are among the pioneers in the deployment of Wi-Fi 7 technology, offering devices designed to cater to the increasing connectivity requirements of modern commercial and personal applications.

Sources

  1. https://www.ui.com/wifi
  2. https://www.tp-link.com/us/business-networking/omada-sdn-access-point/omada-eap780/
  3. https://www.tp-link.com/us/wifi7/official/
  4. https://www.tp-link.com/us/press/news/20273/
  5. https://www.ruckusnetworks.com/solutions/technology/wi-fi-7/

Advantages and Disadvantages of Wifi 7 Access Points by Ubiquiti, TP-Link and RUCKUS.

Here’s an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of Wi-Fi 7 access points from Ubiquiti, TP-Link, and RUCKUS.

Ubiquiti UniFi WiFi Access Points

Advantages

  1. Scalability. Ubiquiti’s UniFi range of access points are part of a scalable solution designed for network administrators, allowing easy management and deployment of thousands of APs.[1%5E]
  2. Performance. Ubiquiti UniFi access points support Wi-Fi 7 standards, providing top-tier performance with gigabit wireless speeds.[1%5E]
  3. Multi-User MIMO. These access points benefit from MU-MIMO capabilities, which means they can communicate with multiple devices simultaneously, reducing latency. [1%5E]

Disadvantages

  1. Price. Ubiquiti’s hardware is a bit more expensive compared to other brands, potentially pricing out smaller businesses or individual users.
  2. Needs UniFi controller. UniFi’s access points require the use of a UniFi Network Controller for proper setup, administration, and management, which may add complexity to the deployment.

TP-Link Omada EAP780

Advantages

  1. Multiple Modes. The Omada EAP780 operates in multiple modes, including Access Point, Secure Access Point, Range Extender, and WISP.[2%5E]
  2. Band Steering. It includes automatic Band Steering, which steers new devices to the less congested band and faster connection.
  3. High Density Connectivity. TP-Link’s Wi-Fi 7 access points are equipped to handle situations where many devices require service simultaneously, such as in dense usage spaces.

Disadvantages

  1. Configuration Limitations. Some users have reported limitations and difficulty navigating TP-Link’s configuration interface, which may affect ease of use for non-technical users.
  2. Limited Advanced Feature Set. While the Omada EAP780 includes many standard Wi-Fi 7 features, it may lack some of the more advanced NAS features available on other brands.

RUCKUS R770

Advantages

  1. Advantaged Technologies. RUCKUS’ patented technologies, such as BeamFlex+ and ChannelFly, aim to increase network capacity and service reliability.[3%5E]
  2. High Capacity. The RUCKUS R770 can support up to 1024 clients per radio, suitable for high-demand areas.
  3. Management. It can be managed through a cloud-based system, making administration less complicated.

Disadvantages

  1. Price. RUCKUS’s Wi-Fi 7 access points lean towards the pricier end of the market, which may limit their availability to smaller organizations or budgets.
  2. Licensing. Depending on the deployment model (cloud, on-premise), additional licensing costs may apply which could increase the total cost of ownership.

Sources

  1. https://www.ui.com/wifi
  2. https://www.tp-link.com/us/business-networking/omada-sdn-access-point/omada-eap780/
  3. https://www.ruckusnetworks.com/products/access-points/ruckus-r770/