First Wi-Fi 6 Trial Tests With IoT Devices are a Success
Mon, April 19, 2021

First Wi-Fi 6 Trial Tests With IoT Devices are a Success

Wi-Fi 6 guarantees better performances and faster speeds / Photo Credit: Andrey Suslov (via Shutterstock)


Wi-Fi 6 has successfully passed its major test in networking IoT devices in a complicated factory environment, said Lance Whitney of TechRepublic, an online trade publication. At the Mettis Aerospace factory in the UK, the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) announced the successful completion of phase one in testing its Wi-Fi 6 infrastructure and services. The trial was designed to analyze how the latest “flavor of mobile Wi-Fi” can work with IoT devices in a mixed and crowded environment. Further, it is seen as the first of its kind globally and is recognized by the WBA as an essential part of its Wi-Fi 6 test and development program. 

Wi-Fi 6 is already available in the latest routers, mobile phones, and other consumer devices. It is also a user-friendly name adopted by the WBA, previously knowns as 802.11ax, the follow-up to 802.11ac. Aside from offering faster speeds and lower latency than its predecessors, Wi-Fi 6 guarantees better performance with multiple devices that are “competing for attention on the same network.” Wi-Fi 6 makes it ideal for factory environments and other settings that involve IoT devices and equipment. 

Between October 2019 and December 2019, the WBA said that the first phase of testing was a challenge for Wi-Fi 6, which was conducted at the 27-acre Mettis Aerospace facility in the West Midlands. It has to prove that it can offer “total connectivity for machines and equipment with centralized monitoring and control systems.” Wi-Fi 6 was expected to deliver “real-time, high-bandwidth networking with very low latency.” It also needed to prioritize data across a spacious factory environment with a lot of noise and other impediments. 

During the trial, the Wi-Fi 6 technology garnered speeds of 700 Mbps using 80 MHz channels. Meanwhile, video calling and video streaming had low-latency results below 6m, the WBA noted. WBA CEO Tiago Rodriguez said, “If Wi-Fi 6 can deliver highly reliable, high quality and high bandwidth communications in this type of factory environment, then it can deliver it almost anywhere.” Phase two of the trial will focus on testing mixed-reality applications and IoT sensing of key assets. Phase two is set to run for two months in 2020.