Siemon has announced a new white paper that covers key design and media selection strategies for designers, consultants, end users and installers to ensure that network cabling infrastructures are prepared to support high-efficiency Wi-Fi access point (WAP) connections.

Authored by Valerie Maguire, director of standards and technology at Siemon, the new white paper entitled ‘Preparing for Wi-Fi 6: Cabling Considerations for High Efficiency Wireless Access Point Connections’, explains the technology behind the latest IEEE 802.11ax High-Efficiency Wireless (HEW) standard known as Wi-Fi 6 and what users can expect in terms of wireless speeds with this new technology. The new white paper outlines the key cabling design strategies that will ensure structured cabling uplinks will be ready to support Wi-Fi 6, including support for current and future transmission speed and remote powering requirements.

“To take full advantage of Wi-Fi 6 technology, it is recommended to deploy two class EA/category 6A shielded or higher performing drops to each WAP or router and a minimum 25-Gig capable backbone to support Wi-Fi 6 uplink capacity,” says Maguire. “In addition, Wi-Fi 6 WAPs will need more power and require 30-watt Type 2 PoE, which calls for more thermally stable cabling systems and solid conductor cords. Here at Siemon, we continue to focus on developing innovative solutions that ensure maximum performance and reliability while minimising heat rise to optimally support WAPs and other PoE-powered devices.”