VIDEO – Max WiFi: More Sharing. More Social.


Max WiFi, the latest Wi-Fi standard also known as 802.11ax, is the first Wi-Fi standard designed for how we connect today. Lightning-fast, ultra-efficient, and with unprecedented capacity, Max WiFi can support how we socialize with the people we care about—through live streaming, real-time video, and more—across more devices, with more range, and with more battery life.

 

Max WiFi: Connecting Sports Fans to the “Second Screen”

Whether you’re tuning in to a college football game or cheering for your NFL fantasy players one thing that remains true is the way we watch sports is not what it used to be. According to a Deloitte study, the sports media landscape is evolving rapidly—if you’re watching the game live in the stadium, at a local sports bar, in the comfort of your own couch or streaming it on your phone at a family dinner, one thing is for sure, we consume sports differently.

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Talking Max WiFi: Phil Solis of SAR Insight

The tech world is abuzz about the latest standard of Wi-Fi: Max WiFi, also known as 802.11ax, is a breakthrough technology that provides users with capacity on their mobile devices. Phil Solis of SAR Insight recently wrote a compelling two-part series: “Why 802.11ax Will Maintain Wi-Fi’s Relevance” explaining how Max WiFi technology continues to keep Wi-Fi at the forefront of how we approach our increasingly connected world.

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Mid-Band Unlicensed Spectrum and Max WiFi

When we talk about Wi-Fi development, there’s essentially two sides of the story: the technical evolutions—and revolutions, like the latest Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ax Max WiFi—and the airwaves that Wi-Fi uses to transmit data.

Demand for Wi-Fi is immense—and increasing. More than 15 billion Wi-Fi connected devices were shipped around the planet in 2016, according to the Wi-Fi Alliance, and IEEE anticipates that there will be 50 billion connected wireless devices by 2022. Gartner even estimates that an average family of four will have about 50 connected devices by then. Max WiFi, which is built for capacity and not just speed, is designed to help manage all of that data.

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Max WiFi at The Wi-Fi Summit

This week, the WifiForward coalition brought policy makers and wireless industry leaders and insiders together in Washington, D.C. for The Wi-Fi Summit. Panelists discussed spectrum issues and policy, both as they are today and into the future. One prevalent topic in their discussion of the wireless future: the latest Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ax, also known as Max WiFi.

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Max: the Wi-Fi that’s a Match for WWE (and Taylor Swift)

These days, being event-ready is a more digital experience than ever before. Around one in five smartphone users in the United States are interested in live video broadcasting, and one third of Facebook’s 1.6 billion plus users have watched a live video of a celebrity, politician, musician, or other influencer. Attending an event like a game or a concert now goes hand-in-hand with the ability to livestream and upload content to share with friends and family. To do that, event goers largely depend on Wi-Fi.

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What’s Next for Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi has come a long way in the past quarter-century. Prompted by engineer Michael Marcus, in May of 1985 the FCC released a ruling opening up spectrum—including the 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz, and 5.8 GHz frequencies—in what was then called “junk bands.”

The first iteration of the 802.11 protocol was released in 1997, offering up speeds of up to 2 Mbps. “This was updated,” TechWorm’s Vijay Prabhu writes, in 1999 with 802.11b to permit 11 Mbit/s link speeds, and this proved to be popular.” Continue reading

Wi-Fi: Solving the Mystery of the Disappearing College Football Fan

Notre Dame football fans are legendary, and they’ve just hit a new record. They’ve hit the highest Wi-Fi traffic number ever recorded for a single-day college event, according to Mobile Sports Reports. At the Fighting Irish’s September 9th home game against Georgia, the Wi-Fi network saw 6.2 Terabytes of data traffic. That’s roughly equivalent to 1,620 hours of high-quality video! That’s impressive. What’s also impressive: attendance for the game was near capacity.

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OFDMA: the Heart of the Max WiFi Evolution

Wi-Fi innovation is an incredible success story, with each “generation” getting faster and faster. Max WiFi, built on the latest Wi-Fi standard, promises to give consumers even faster speeds and much more capacity. However, the real innovation in 802.11ax and Max WiFi comes from the fact that the Wi-Fi nuts-and-bolts have been completely revamped to make the best use of available spectrum. In order to accomplish this, the Wi-Fi world took a cue from the cellular world by introducing the concept of Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA).

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