Nokia launched the world’s first self-optimizing WiFi 6 solution for communication service providers or CSPs. The advantage of this WiFi 6 solution lies in both Nokia software and new hardware that includes a new Nokia WQiFi Beacons that can be easily connected in a mesh and be combined with a 5G Fixed Wireless Access Gateway such as the new 5G FastMile.
Nokia quietly announced new beacons, that are capable of creating a WiFi6 mesh. The Nokia Beacon 6 (AX42001) was announced earlier this year, but the new beacon is Nokia Beacon 2, which is a dual-band AX1800 and tri-band capable mesh access point with Ethernet and Wi-Fi uplink and can also be used to create a home WiFi mesh.
The Wi-Fi 6 looks like a Beacon 3, we had a chance to review, and we are still waiting for a render of Beacon 2.
Software needed to set up the home network also includes:
the Nokia WiFi Cloud Controller that provides full visibility on all access points and allows optimization of Wi-Fi performance across neighbouring homes and apartments,
the Home Console that provides a real-time holistic view of the Wi-Fi home network and gives help desk agents the ability to identify issues and root causes,
the Network Console that gives the network administrator the power to monitor and optimize the Wi-Fi networks as a whole and proactively solve problems.
There is also the Nokia mobile app, which allows end-user to install, extend, or manage the Wi-Fi network.
Here is what Nokia Wi-Fi 6 enabled portfolio of products includes:
Nokia ONT G-2426G-A and XS-2426G-A: dual-band, AX1800 capable ONTs with GPON and XGS-PON uplinks respectively;
Nokia Wi-Fi Beacon 2 and Beacon 6: dual-band AX1800 and tri-band AX4200 capable mesh access point with Ethernet and Wi-Fi uplink, to extend the mesh network;
Nokia FastMile 5G Gateway 3 and 5G Gateway 3.1: dual-band, AX3600 capable mesh access point with 5G uplink with high-gain and omni-directional antennas, respectively.