News Update: New Version Of Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Alliance the organization responsible for setting Wi-Fi standards, recently announced the next generation of Wi-Fi wireless networks. They claim that 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.
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.
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.
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.
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