CBRS and Wi-Fi: How Does Each Handle Client Mobility?

It's time to compare CBRS LTE and Wi-Fi in terms of client device mobility between access points.
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We know CBRS based private LTE / 5G wireless and enterprise Wi-Fi networks have key differences, and their capabilities in handling client device mobility across access points within a wireless network are no exception.


Check out the next episode of our Field Journal series to get answers to questions like:

  • How does infrastructure controlled mobility work for CBRS networks?
  • What are the methods used in Wi-Fi to support client based mobility decisions?
  • Which metrics are important to keep track of when comparing two technologies?

Key Takeaways

  • LTE / 5G wireless traffic scheduling between infrastructure and client devices, combined with client handover decisions initiated by the cellular wireless network, guarantees a smooth transition of client devices between access points.
  • Handover on cellular networks are typically less than 20 milliseconds and are secure by default utilizing SIM authentication. Client handover between Wi-Fi access points can take hundreds of milliseconds to complete.
  • Due to dependency on client’s making the handover decision, Wi-Fi network design and validation also needs to take into account the client device capabilities and the quality of service requirements for underlying applications under use.


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