Have you heard of 802.11ad, or more commonly, WiGig? It is a standard that has recently been approved by the IEEE that provides wireless transfer speeds of up to 7Gbps over short distances. If you're looking to update your infrastructure, you might want to consider WiGig enabled devices. WiGig is designed to combat the network spaghetti of cables between wireless devices or peripherals.


The 802.11ad standard has been under development by the Wireless Gigabit Alliance since 2009 and has existed as a specification since 2010. Panasonic and Wilocity are already gearing up to delivering WiGig connectivity this year.


How does WiGig work?


WiGig operates on the 60 GHz band. This frequency has a more robust signal, but the signal is limited to about 40 feet. Because it operates on a separate band from other standards, it frees the airways on the other bands from device to device traffic, such as the traffic between wireless mice and keyboards to a computer. Multiply this by, say, an office, and suddenly you have significantly more bandwidth available to data connections.


If a WiGig device cannot communicate with another WiGig device, it can seamlessly (theoretically) switch to legacy technologies in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, so you don't have to worry if your entire infrastructure is not up to snuff.


If you do happen to deploy WiGig, you can use SolarWinds NPM to see how much wireless congestion WiGig saves you.