Optimized Connectivity ensures a better Wi-Fi connection
The Wi-Fi Alliance has launched what is known as Optimized Connectivity. Its objective is to certify devices for achieve the best connection possible. We already know that we can connect to different access points within a network or to different Wi-Fi bands. Depending on where we are and the circumstances, one alternative or another may be better.
This will allow improve mobility and allow greater stability when we are within a network, to always be connected to the best option. One of the keys is that it streamlines the network discovery process, selecting access points, and reducing time to achieve faster authentication.
These new functions available in Wi-Fi Optimized Connectivity, or Optimized Connectivity, will help to select in the most optimal way possible the access point to which we connect, as well as the 2.4, 5 or 6 GHz band. We have already seen which devices to connect on each band.
Improvements in connectivity will be reflected when we move within a network. In this way we will always be connected to the best access point, the best available option, and correctly choose which band to use.
Optimized Connectivity enables information exchange
One of the keys to Optimized Connectivity is that it allows the exchange of information between access points and devices. This has several important points, several key benefits to achieve an improvement in the connection:
- Network discovery and selection: One of those benefits is the detection and selection of networks in an optimized way. Devices and access points employ enhanced channel scanning techniques to quickly identify available Wi-Fi networks.
- Improved access point selection– There is also an improvement in the selection of access points, as they have metrics to help customer devices accurately estimate link quality for network selection and roaming decisions.
- Quick Authentication– This is accomplished through initial link rapid setup (FILS) authentication. Allows faster authentication with the access point.
- More efficient transmissions– It will allow devices to spend less time responding to management information and more time moving user data.
Therefore, we can say that the ultimate goal of Optimized Connectivity presented by the Wi-Fi Alliance is to allow users to maintain a quality connection at all times regardless of whether they change from one access point to another and also choose the best option at all times.
Very important for the use of 6 GHz networks
A highlight is that it will improve the efficient discovery of access points in the 6 GHz band. We already know that modern access points allow users to choose to connect to different bands and each of them has its advantages and disadvantages.
Optimized Connectivity has been built on the coordinated use of 802.11k / v / r / ai capabilities for environments with many overlapping wireless networks. This helps provide a smooth and stable Wi-Fi connectivity experience by selecting, authenticating, and allowing roaming through different wireless access points.