Wi-Fi gets a name change

The Wi-Fi standards committee have decided to update the technology and give Wi-Fi specifications a new naming convention.  Out goes the current 802.11xx and in comes Wi-Fi 6.

This should be a lot more straight forward and easier to understand for all of us when it comes into effect in 2019.

Wi-Fi 6, still known as 802.11ax for now, is being promoted as next generation Wi-Fi connectivity and promises to be faster and more reliable.  By dividing the wireless channels into sub-channels, this will allow wireless routers and access points to communicate better with multiple devices instead of randomly trying to communicate with everything it within it’s reach.

 

Some of the features in Wi-Fi 6

  • Speeds of up to 1.1 Gbps (2.4 GHz)
  • Speeds of up to 4.8 Gbps (5 GHz)
  • Sub channels to a more reliable connection
  • Uses a new technology called ‘Target Wake Time’ to help save on device battery power
  • High performance in crowded areas

 

The faster speeds are achieved by more efficient data encoding which gives better throughput of the data.

This change of name for the Wi-Fi standard makes our lives easier instead of trying to remember the old 802.11 combination.  It will now just be a case of remembering Wi-Fi 6, also backwards compatible with the existing Wi-Fi routers using the older standards.

 

Here are the new Wi-Fi naming conventions backward compatible to the last two versions.

  • Wi-Fi 4 is (802.11n) released in 2009
  • Wi-Fi 5 is (802.11ac) released in 2014
  • Wi-Fi 6 is the new version, also known as (802.11ax) due in 2019

Other posts and sources of information on Wi-Fi 6

Wi-Fi Alliance website – Wi-Fi 6

How to boost your home Wi-Fi

What’s slowing down your Wi-Fi?

WPA3 Wi-Fi Security – A guided tour

 

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