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With nearly two billion Wi-Fi 6 devices to enter the market in 2022, the new Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 Release 2 adds support for uplink multi-user MIMO, enabling devices to upload content concurrently to an access point (AP) and handle increased device density, more bandwidth-hungry applications, and surges in uplink data demand in residential and enterprise environments.

Wi-Fi networks are known to support more upstream activity, with users frequently uploading work documents and videos to social media sites, and the trend toward greater uplink data consumption will further increase as more IoT devices send data via Wi-Fi to the cloud. Hence, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 Release 2 delivers comprehensive multi-user MIMO implementation to deliver strong Wi-Fi performance even in challenging environments with many Wi-Fi devices.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 delivers the best experience with advanced applications while providing strong WPA3™ security and promoting interoperability between Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ devices. New features apply across all bands supported by Wi-Fi 6 — 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz — bringing capacity, efficiency, coverage, and performance benefits to the residential, enterprise, and large public networks.

Additionally, three power management features including broadcast target wake time (TWT), extended sleep time, and dynamic multi-user spatial multiplexing power save (SMPS) improve Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 power efficiency, benefitting enterprise, industrial, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

“The breadth of new features that Wi-Fi offers consumers requires constant updates and sometimes staged releases to get products to the market… the latest introduction of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 Release 2 bring powerful new features like uplink multi-user MIMO to Wi-Fi 6,” said Charles Cheevers, CTO, home networks, CommScope.

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