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Wi-Fi 6E

Wi-Fi 6E is the designation for spectrum expansion into the 6-GHz radio-frequency band under the Wi-Fi 6/6E standard. This expansion is the biggest change in available spectrum for Wi-Fi since its inception. It creates new opportunities for use cases in high-performance connectivity.

Redefine your Wi-Fi experience:

When it comes to your Wi-Fi network, Wi-Fi 6E is a quantum leap in terms of capacity, reliability, and security, not to mention sustainability.

In this report you’ll find:

  • What is Wi-Fi 6E?
  • What is this new important extension then?
  • What do I need to do to ready my network?
  • How does this affect my network?
  • Where is a good place for this technology to be deployed?

How does this affect my network?

Making sure that the network is ready for Wi-Fi 6E means a bit more than just replacing old access points with Wi-Fi 6E supported APs. You need to make sure that the network has switches that support a gigabit or more. Luckily, Cisco currently has Catalyst Switches to meet your needs.

Without these mGig data rate-supported switches, network admins are going to see a bottle neck further upstream and some of the Wi-Fi 6E features and functions that have been promised—low latency and faster speeds—won’t be realized.

Not only does the switching infrastructure need to be updated, but the new Wi-Fi 6E access points will only be supported on the Catalyst 9800 controllers.


The addition of more spectrum allows the network admin to double the channel bandwidth, which provides the additional bandwidth needed in the open space of a new spectrum. This gives you the ability to support a dense environment while keeping device performance at a high level. The additional spectrum—1200 MHz worth or 59 new channels, the largest Wi-Fi spectrum expansion ever—offers unprecedently increased nonoverlapping channels. Wi-Fi 6E can perform exceptionally great especially in high density environments.


Wi-Fi 6E provides a new standard of reliability and predictability of connection that shortens the gap between wireless and wired connections. This reliability comes with less interference and more efficiency due to Wi-Fi 6E devices not having to share the 6-GHz spectrum with any devices that are not Wi-Fi 6E capable. Devices from Wi-Fi 1 (802.11b) through Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) are not supported on 6 GHz


Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 (WPA3) is a mandatory requirement for the Wi-Fi 6E network and secures the network better than ever. And since only Wi-Fi 6 products are going to be using this network, there are no legacy security issues to deal with. WPA3 provides new authentication and encryption algorithms for networks and furnishes fixes for issues that were missed by WPA2. It also implements an additional layer of protection from deauthentication and disassociation attacks.

Use Cases

In healthcare, a Wi-Fi 6E network means that more life-saving devices can connect to the network without fear of lagging or slowdown.

In retail environments, point-of-sale connections will run faster, removing the frustration of paying customers languishing in long lines.

Wi-Fi 6E can change the classroom via immersive experiences and virtual learning because the large contiguous blocks of spectrum allow for high throughput and concurrent data transmission.

In the manufacturing world, Wi-Fi 6E machines can be deployed on the Wi-Fi 6E spectrum, away from the interference of the day-to-day traffic happening on the 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz spectrums.

Hospitality businesses can advertise a Wi-Fi 6E network to the customers staying in their rooms.

Government needs added security. Thanks to inclusion of the WPA3 standard on Wi-Fi 6E devices, that extra security is now mandatory.

Featured Product

The Wi-Fi 6E-compliant Catalyst 9136 Series takes advantage of the 6-GHz band expansion to produce a network that is more reliable and secure, with higher throughput, more capacity, and less device interference. The access points come with two 4x4 radios and one 8x8 radio and provide a host of features.

  • Industry-leading Wi-Fi 6E for high-density deployments
  • Four radios: (4x4, 8x8, 4x4, IoT radio), scanning radio with CleanAir Pro
  • Embedded Wireless Controller