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Author: Christopher Taylor
Publication Date: Nov 24 2015
Pages: 17
Report Type: Report, Word
RF and Wireless

802.11ac Wave 2 with MU-MIMO: The Next Mainstream Wi-Fi Standard

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Report Summary:

The 802.11ac Wave 2 standard provides significant benefits to users and a better Wi-Fi user experience compared to 802.11n and 802.11ac Wave 1.  Despite low initial consumer awareness and OEM concerns over client device availability, OEMs, service providers and enterprises have embraced the standard, which is now gaining rapid traction and will become the highest shipping Wi-Fi standard yet.

Table of Contents

3.1     Evolution of Wi-Fi 4

4.1     How Wave 2 Works  7

4.2     More Technical Considerations  7

5.1     Wave 2 for Residential 9

5.2     Wave 2 for Enterprise  13


Exhibit 1      Typical Residential or Small Office Wi-Fi Network. 3

Exhibit 2      Wi-Fi Device Historical Shipments. 4

Exhibit 3      Future Evolution of Mainstream Wi-Fi Standards. 5

Exhibit 4      802.11ac Wave 1 (SU-MIMO) Vs. Wave 2 (MU-MIMO) 6

Exhibit 5      Wi-Fi Infrastructure Forecast by Mainstream Standard. 8

Exhibit 6      Residential 802.11ac Wave 2 Infrastructure. 10

Exhibit 7      802.11ac Wave 2 Infrastructure for Enterprise. 14

Exhibit 8      Other 802.11ac Wave 2 Radio ICs for Infrastructure (& Additional Details) 15

Exhibit 9      802.11ac Wave 2 Client Devices. 16

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