EnGenius wants to launch a Wi-Fi 6E access point (AP) for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). The Cloud Access Point ECW336 is suitable for ceiling mounting indoors and uses the 6 GHz band that was only recently released for WLAN operation.
The device, which is administered via the manufacturer’s own cloud, is based on Qualcomm’s Networking Pro 1210 platform. According to EnGenius, experts estimate that up to 500 million Wi-Fi 6E-compatible devices will come onto the market in the next three years, which will benefit from the new and thus still largely interference-free 6 GHz band. While the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands previously used in WLANs have a total bandwidth of 560 MHz divided into 27 channels, the new frequency band at 6 GHz adds bandwidth of over 1200 MHz in 59 channels.
5 Gigabit Ethernet for the local network
Devices prepared for Wi-Fi 6E should still be able to meet the growing demands on transmission capacity in densely populated environments even when conventional WLANs are no longer sufficient. According to the manufacturer, the ECW336 offers 14 additional 80 MHz channels or seven 160 MHz channels for an aggregate WLAN transmission rate of up to 4.8 GBit/s in the 6 GHz band alone. An Ethernet connection with 5 GBit/s should ensure that the WLAN speed is not slowed down by the local network. the ECW336 AP is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2022 be delivered worldwide.