FCC makes more bandwidth available to wi-fi

FCC acts to significantly increase spectrum available for wi-fi devices in the 5GHz band 

The Federal Communications Commission took the first steps to unleash super wi-fi. significant additional spectrum was allocated to accelerate the growth and expansion of new wi-fi technology that can:

1. Offer faster speeds of one gigabit per second (1Gbps) or more,

2. Increase overall capacity,

3. Reduce congestion at wi-fi hot spots.
The Commission proposed to make up to 195 megahertz of additional spectrum in the 5 GHz band (a 35% increase) available to unlicensed wireless devices. It also proposed to create a more flexible regulatory environment, and to streamline existing rules and equipment authorization procedures for devices throughout this band.
Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) devices today operate in 555 megahertz of spectrum in the 5 GHz band, and are used for short range, high speed wireless connections including wi-fi LANs and fixed outdoor broadband used by wireless Internet service providers to connect smart phones, tablets and laptops to the broadband network.
The proposed modifications would provide access to additional contiguous spectrum with consistent
technical requirements, allowing unlicensed devices to use wider bandwidth channels, leading to faster
speeds i.e. super wi-fi.


The 5 GHz band is divided into several sections referred to as Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (UNII) bands.

The UNII-1 band is designated for indoor wi-fi operations, 802.11a devices operate at this frequency.

The UNII-2 and UNII-2 extended bands are for indoor and outdoor wi-fi operations,

and the UNII-3/ISM band is intended for outdoor bridge products and may be used for indoor WLANs as well.

In order to operate in the 5 GHZ bands, wi-fi radios must comply with two features that are part of the 802.11h specification-Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) and Transmitter Power Control (TPC).

Look out for higher backhaul capacity and more devices supporting wi-fi at 5GHz which has less interferers.

Ensure that your device supports 2.4MHz and 5GHz simultaneously, some devices only support one at a time.

We can work with you to figure out your wi-fi strategy.

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