By Claus Hetting, Wi-Fi NOW CEO & Chairman
Wireless network equipment provider Cambium Networks today launched their first Wi-Fi 6 products including gigabit switches and software. The company says their new Wi-Fi 6 kit delivers the same outstanding performance but drives down total cost of ownership (TCO) by 30%.
Cambium Networks today launched a brand new family of Wi-Fi 6 products including two indoor access points, no less than six multi-gigabit switches, and new Cloud-based software for deployment and design. The company says their new Wi-Fi 6 solutions will drive down TCO by 30% when compared to typical competitive solutions.
Among AP vendors Cambium is the first to promise Wi-Fi 6 performance without the premium prices normally tied to APs supporting the new standard. In the press release Cambium Networks CEO says the company is “providing technology that delivers the high performance and value that enterprises need in order to provide the best Wi-Fi user experiences at a fraction of the cost.”
Cambium’s new top-of-the-line Wi-Fi 6 AP (called XV3-8) features five radios (four for Wi-Fi and one for BLE) and is configurable to dual-band 4 x 4 (2.4 & 5 GHz) or 8 x 8 for 5 GHz only. The third Wi-Fi radio is used for security, network reporting, and optimisation, Cambium says. The device can also be set up in a ‘dual 5 GHz 5 x 5 mode’, which doubles the APs capacity to a serve legacy devices. Once Wi-Fi 6 devices proliferate, the unit can be configured to the 8 x 8 operating mode. For details on Cambium’s new XV2-2 dual-radio AP see this link.
And Cambium has already announced their first Wi-Fi 6 client: The International School of Luxembourg. The school serves 1,400 students and 300 staff, which adds up to some 3,000 devices. We can’t know for sure but we’re guessing that this could be one of the first major Wi-Fi 6 deployments within the education market segment in the EU.
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Cambium today also announced their intention to begin delivery of a family of new 60 GHz (unlicensed millimetre wave) radios some time this summer. Cambium is touting 60 GHz radios (according to the 802.11ay multi-gigabit standard) as ‘the new fibre’ and incorporating Terragraph technology originally developed by Facebook Connectivity, the company says. Chipsets for Cambium Network’s new Wi-Fi 6 and future 60 GHz systems are provided by Qualcomm.