The Wi-Fi Alliance continues to work to improve the Wi-Fi connectivity we use every day. In addition to collaborating with brands to promote the implementation of WiFi 6 and WiFi 6E, they are also developing new improvements to facilitate the use of wireless networks.
What is Wi-Fi Optimized Connectivity?
Wi-Fi Optimized Connectivity is a new certification that will ensure a faster and more reliable connection between devices and access points. To this end, the way in which both devices communicate with each other is improved, whether when connecting from scratch to a network, when changing access points in a Wi-Fi mesh network, when connecting to another WiFi network. Specifically, the enhancements are focused on three points.
The first one focuses on discovering and selecting networks that have been optimized. As a result, mobile devices and access points will use a better scanning technique to identify potential Wi-Fi networks available for connection. To this end, access points (such as a router or repeater) will provide additional information to clients to more accurately estimate the quality of the network to “prove” that it is the best available network and make it easier for the mobile to connect to the best one available at any given time.
This makes it possible to connect more reliably between multiple access points within the same mesh network, as well as when changing access points. It also allows you to do so within the same access point when changing frequency, where you can choose between 2.4GHz, 5GHz or 6GHz.
This technology will enable faster connection
Thanks to Fast Initial Link Setup (FILS) authentication, the devices work together to reduce overhead and enable faster verification when connecting to a network, taking less time to establish the connection. Finally, we have a new efficient signal transmission system, which ensures that less time is spent responding to data management and administration information. Wi-Fi Optimized Connectivity will make our lives easier for sure.