According to the latest reports, the Wi-Fi Alliance, the organization responsible for setting Wi-Fi standards, announced recently the next generation of Wi-Fi wireless networks. But calm: it is not a technology yet to be revealed, as it is just a simplification of the name of 802.11ax, which is expected to hit the market in 2019.

Meet The New Version Of Wi-Fi

The Wi-Fi Alliance, the organization responsible for setting Wi-Fi standards, announced on Wednesday the next generation of Wi-Fi 6 wireless networks. But calm: it is not a technology yet to be revealed, as it is just a simplification of the name of 802.11ax, which is expected to hit the market in 2019.

It looks like the Wi-Fi Alliance is trying to simplify things. Instead of maintaining the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax technical names, which not everyone understands, the organization decided to adopt a sequential naming, which indicates the generation of the pattern. Earlier versions of Wi-Fi have also been officially renamed, so do not be surprised if you find these names in the boxes of the new routers:-

  • Wi-Fi 4: 802.11n
  • Wi-Fi 5: 802.11ac
  • Wi-Fi 6: 802.11ax

According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, the new naming standard “helps the industry and users more easily understand the generation of Wi-Fi supported by their device or connection.” The organization works with device manufacturers and operating systems to incorporate the new terminology into the user interfaces.

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The 802.11ax is now known as Wi-Fi 6, has the theoretical maximum capacity of 14 gigabits per second. It can operate on both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies (unlike the Wi-Fi 5, which only works at 5 GHz) and can divide each channel into hundreds of sub-channels with slightly different frequencies, increasing the transmission speed and allowing that the router connects to more devices simultaneously.

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The first Wi-Fi 6 devices are expected to be certified in 2019. But of course, the standard should only become popular later: it will take several months for certified products to hit the market, and you will need to buy no just a new router, but also a compatible smartphone or notebook to take advantage of the new standard. So, what do you think about this? Simply share all your views and thoughts in the comment section below.



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