Apple and Wi-Fi 6E: Why does it matter?

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Wi-Fi 6E is the latest Wi-Fi technology that provides faster speeds, lower latency, and improved overall network performance. The latest MacBook Pros, Mac mini, and iPad Pro 11-inch (4th generation) or iPad Pro 12.9 inch (6th generation) are the only Apple devices that support Wi-Fi 6E, providing users with the ability to take advantage of this new technology. Wi-Fi 6E operates in the 6GHz frequency band, which is a newly available spectrum is essentially a new highway for Wi-Fi. In this edition of Apple @ Work, I want to explain why Wi-Fi 6E might be the new standard for remote work environments.

About Apple @ Work: Bradley Chambers managed an enterprise IT network from 2009 to 2021. Through his experience deploying and managing firewalls, switches, a mobile device management system, enterprise grade Wi-Fi, 100s of Macs, and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple IT managers deploy Apple devices, build networks to support them, train users, stories from the trenches of IT management, and ways Apple could improve its products for IT departments.

For IT professionals, supporting remote workers can be a difficult task when it comes to Wi-Fi connectivity. In many cases, employees may run into Wi-Fi issues that are nearly impossible for IT professionals to diagnose and resolve. This is because IT professionals don’t have insight into the radio frequency (RF) environment of the employee’s home, making it difficult to determine the source of the problem. Since Wi-Fi is a shared medium, there are plenty of other issues that can crop up for end users.

One example of this is when an employee’s Wi-Fi connection is slow or drops frequently. This could be due to interference from other devices in the home, such as a microwave or a smart home device that operates on the same frequency as the Wi-Fi network. It could also be from overlap with other…