What is Wi-Fi 7 and is it worth the upgrade?

With technological advancements changing the face of business operations, there is an increasing need for better connectivity to ensure seamless and efficient processes. The upcoming release of Wi-Fi 7 promises a significant step forward in wireless communication. Especially for the business sector, where fast, reliable, and secure connections are non-negotiable.

Wi-Fi has come a long way since its inception. Each iteration promises better speeds, range, and user experience.

As we transition from Wi-Fi 6 to the much-anticipated Wi-Fi 7, it's crucial to understand what sets this new version apart.

TP-Link, a leading manufacturer in the networking world, has released a few details about their upcoming Wi-Fi 7 products, and there's a lot to be excited about, in fact we have ear-marked a few must have models for the FortiTech office to test out in the new year.

Here are three remarkable features of Wi-Fi 7 that can make a difference for business users:

Enhanced Data Rates and Efficiency: One of the prime concerns for businesses is speed. Slow connections can hinder productivity. Wi-Fi 7 brings in remarkable improvements in data rates compared to its predecessors with 5x the max data rate. While Wi-Fi 6 showcased impressive speeds, Wi-Fi 7 promises to push the envelope much further. This enhancement ensures that businesses can handle more data-intensive tasks effortlessly. Whether it's large file transfers, zoom meetings, or putting more data in the cloud, Wi-Fi 7 can manage all your data transfer needs with ease.

Greater Device Capacity
: With the Internet of Things (IoT) becoming more prevalent in business setups, the number of devices that need to connect to a network has skyrocketed. Wi-Fi 7 addresses this demand by supporting even more simultaneous device connections. This feature is vital for businesses that rely on several connected devices, be it smart security systems, connected office equipment, or an array of employee devices. Subsequently this means less access points required in device dense environments saving you money.

Advanced Security Protocols
: Security is paramount for businesses. The recent surge in cyber threats makes it even more essential for companies to have robust security measures in place. Wi-Fi 7 introduces new and enhanced security protocols with Wifi Protect Access 4 (WPA4), ensuring that business networks remain impervious to potential threats. With TP-Link leading the way, their Wi-Fi 7 range is set to offer business users peace of mind with a safer, more secure connection.

Comparing Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 7, the latter is not just a simple upgrade. It's a significant leap forward. While Wi-Fi 6 AX3000/3600 access points brought about notable enhancements including faster speeds over AC1750 and better device support, Wi-Fi 7 takes all of that and amplifies it with their new BE11000 access points, ensuring that business users get the best connectivity experience possible.

For businesses, the implications are clear. Faster and more reliable connections can lead to enhanced productivity. Better device support can mean smoother operations in IoT-rich environments. And, of course, with top-notch security, businesses can operate with the assurance that their data and operations are safeguarded.

With manufacturers like TP-Link touting the benefits in their promotional material it paints a promising picture of things to come. If you're considering an upgrade or establishing a new business setup, it might be worthwhile to wait for the new Wi-Fi 7 BE11000 Access Points to hit the shelves in 2024. The advantages are too significant to ignore.

If you are keen to find out how your business can migrate to a new Wi-Fi 7 based platform drop us a line and we are happy to chat about designing a solution to bring your Wi-Fi into the future.