Qualcomm Introduces 802.11ad Wi-Fi for Enterprises and Outdoor Environments

Qualcomm Technologies has decided to introduce the benefits of its 802.11ad Wi-Fi technology to a variety of enterprise and outdoor environments. The 802.11ad solutions already provide multi-gigabit wireless connectivity for laptops, wireless docks, smartphones and home networking products. Qualcomm will now expand its 802.11ad portfolio to address the requirements of enterprises and carriers looking to improve network capacity and deliver fixed broadband access. The company is currently working with leading enterprise OEMs to bring tri-band access points and outdoor products to market this year.

Offering multi-gigabit speeds in the relatively interference-free 60 GHz band, 802.11ad can provide customers with a robust, cost-effective and invisible alternative to fiber and cable deployments. The latest chipset combines the QCA6335 baseband and QCA6310 RF transceiver, which uses up to 256 antenna elements to maintain robust wireless connections for outdoor and long-range deployments (up to 1 km). It brings additional benefits to demanding enterprise environments, including advanced beamforming and beam steering features to maintain strong connections in dense environments, highly-accurate positioning, as well as a low-power CMOS design to meet enterprise Power over Ethernet (PoE) requirements.

In addition to outdoor deployments, tri-band access points (supporting 802.11ad in the 60 GHz band and 802.11ac in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands) are ideal for traditional enterprise-class networks, as they augment Wi-Fi capacity in dense places like conference rooms, cubical environments, auditoriums and public venues. Qualcomm solutions also support Fast Session Transfer (FST) features to provide a seamless transition to 802.11ac when roaming. Mikrotik, a leading provider of Internet connectivity devices, is using Qualcomm's 802.11ad solution to power its Wireless Wire 60G Gigabit Ethernet extender that provides advanced connectivity between buildings up to 100 meters.


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