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Take Advantage of WiFi 6E Without the Complexity

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The image is a still from the video featuring the host and the guest, Juniper’s Christian Gilby talking. Their pictures are side by side with the word “News” and the Juniper logo in the bottom right corner. The headline under the pictures reads, “New on the Feed: Take advantage of WiFI 6E without the complexity. Learn how AI can tune and optimize the network in real time.”

Yes, you can adopt WiFi 6E without all the headaches.

WiFi 6E is here and that means more possibilities but also more complexity. Juniper’s Christian Gilby discusses the benefits and challenges WiFi 6E will bring, what areas of an enterprise to focus on first, and how AI will be critical for helping make the transition possible.

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You’ll learn

  • Why everyone is jumping on the WiFi 6E train 

  • The challenges to introducing WiFi 6E (yep, you have to set a lot of new channels)

  • How AI can be leveraged to tune the network in real time and reduce complexity

Who is this for?

Network Professionals Business Leaders


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Rick Rutter

Guest speakers

Christian Gilby
Sr. Director, Product Marketing, Juniper Networks 


0:01 welcome to news on the feed wi-fi 6e is

0:04 here it opens up a world of

0:05 possibilities but also a new level of

0:07 complexity managing a network for three

0:10 frequency bands is easier said than done

0:12 unless you got a few tricks up your

0:14 sleeping fortunately our guest today

0:16 christian gilby wrote a recent blog

0:18 sharing some tips to help us maintain

0:20 our sanity christian let's start with

0:22 good why is everyone jumping on the

0:24 wi-fi 6e training

0:26 yeah so i think it's really about

0:28 capacity so what does 6e really

0:30 introduce for the industry

0:33 it's expanding the rf spectrum adding

0:35 the 6 gigahertz frequency up until now

0:38 we're in the 2.4 and 5 gig

0:40 so there's depending on the regulatory

0:43 domain like in

0:44 the americas for example it's 1200

0:47 megahertz additional that's effectively

0:49 a doubling of the available frequency

0:51 which translates into the wi-fi channels

0:53 that you can actually run the traffic on

0:55 and that's big because we look at what's

0:57 going on in terms of trends in the

0:59 industry right now we've got more and

1:01 more mobile devices iot devices trying

1:03 to connect to the network more bandwidth

1:06 hungry applications especially in the

1:07 past couple years as we've seen

1:10 employees start to do a lot more hybrid

1:12 work getting more comfortable with video

1:14 you've seen the demand the demands on

1:16 the the bandwidth for wireless are

1:18 really soaring and ultimately that's

1:20 trickling out to the wired side as well

1:22 because if we boost the capacity on the

1:25 wi-fi side you've also got to boost the

1:27 switching infrastructure to support that

1:30 um so yeah i mean i think it's really

1:31 exciting just the the increase of

1:34 frequency or channels that's that's

1:36 coming with 6e

1:37 yeah that's awesome i don't see what's

1:38 not to like about that but is there any

1:40 downside

1:42 um i don't know if i'd say downside but

1:45 certainly some challenges i mean you

1:46 look at as i said a doubling of

1:49 frequency

1:50 this is it's about almost 60 additional

1:54 20 megahertz channels almost 30 40

1:56 megahertz channels

1:58 um

1:59 and you've got to set the channels for

2:01 those so if you look at a large network

2:03 what you're trying to do when you do a

2:04 channel plan and design the network is

2:06 try and minimize the interference so you

2:08 don't want two access points that are in

2:10 hearing distance of each other to be on

2:12 the same channel otherwise the packets

2:15 are going to collide and you're going to

2:16 get drop packets

2:18 effectively the bandwidth of the network

2:20 is going to go down so it's making the

2:22 planning a lot harder so if a customer

2:24 is doing manual

2:26 channel planning is setting the channels

2:28 of each ap

2:29 it is really tough to do

2:32 and then i think the second one as i

2:33 alluded to before is it's creating a

2:36 challenge on the wired side so a lot of

2:39 these newer aps are driving more

2:41 bandwidth that means you've got to have

2:43 faster uplinks and then the power to

2:46 support these devices as well which

2:48 comes in higher budgets for the poe on

2:51 the switches

2:52 yeah that makes a lot of sense so

2:54 is there a solution out there to help

2:55 solve for that

2:57 yeah so i think one of the uh the

2:59 exciting things

3:00 um that we're actually leveraging our

3:03 technology for which is missed ai

3:06 is leveraging the ai and things like

3:08 reinforcement learning

3:10 to actually do this tuning and

3:12 optimization of the channels because

3:13 like i said it's it's a lot more

3:15 channels to play with so the complexity

3:17 has gone up and you look at a network as

3:20 it's running throughout the day it's

3:22 it's like a living breathing organism

3:24 there's interference coming in whether

3:26 it's external to the office or maybe

3:28 different devices that are connecting

3:31 the network has to adapt in real time

3:33 and that's where i think ai is going to

3:36 be critical for organizations so that

3:38 you can really optimize

3:40 the channel the power settings across

3:42 your network

3:44 yeah leveraging the technology is key

3:46 and so are there certain use cases that

3:49 you see make more sense for an immediate

3:52 adoption of something like wi-fi 6e

3:55 yeah so i think certainly areas where

3:57 you've got a high density of devices for

3:59 example

4:00 meeting rooms conference rooms in an

4:02 enterprise

4:03 in education

4:05 so you've got a lecture hall

4:08 or a sports stadium on campus

4:11 retail is another big one where you see

4:13 certain areas of a retail environment

4:15 will have a high density like let's say

4:17 the checkout lines

4:18 um and you've got associates needing to

4:20 connect to the network so i think those

4:22 are all great examples of areas where

4:25 you're looking for more bandwidth to

4:27 support either higher bandwidth

4:29 applications or just more devices

4:31 connecting to the network and i think as

4:33 i mean i've been through i think about

4:35 five

4:37 generations of wi-fi changes now

4:39 one of the things that that i would

4:41 recommend as customers go and look at

4:43 migrating to this is start to look at

4:46 those high density areas um or high

4:48 performance areas let's say you've got a

4:50 set of employees who are doing video

4:52 editing target those areas

4:54 upgrade the the wi-fi infrastructure

4:56 there first and then rip it across the

4:59 network allows you to manage the costs

5:02 relative to the capacity requirements

5:04 and also gives you a bit of experience

5:06 as you start to deploy this technology

5:08 and get comfortable with it christian

5:10 that's great advice

5:11 thank you so much for sharing your tips

5:13 and how companies can adopt wi-fi 60

5:15 without the headaches that all that

5:17 complexity can bring to learn more we've

5:19 included a link to christian's blog so

5:21 you can check that out and while you're

5:22 on the feed take some time to soak up

5:24 some more industry news and knowledge

5:26 hidario

5:27 thank you

5:28 thanks a lot

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