The Wi-Fi Alliance, the working group that has lengthy provided such euphonious, IEEE-defined names for Wi-Fi protocols comparable to 802.11ab and 802.11n, has lastly determined sufficient was sufficient with the numbers and letters and such. Their resolution? The subsequent Wi-Fi model shall be Wi-Fi 6 — and sucks to your ass-mar in the event you don’t prefer it.
“For almost 20 years, Wi-Fi customers have needed to type by technical naming conventions to find out if their units assist the newest Wi-Fi,” stated Wi-Fi Alliance CEO Edgar Figueroa in a launch. “Wi-Fi Alliance is happy to introduce Wi-Fi 6, and current a brand new naming scheme to assist business and Wi-Fi customers simply perceive the Wi-Fi technology supported by their machine or connection.”
Wi-Fi 6 is definitely 802.11ax, an enchancment on 802.11ac. The ostensible information fee for Wi-Fi 6 is, in response to Wikipedia, “37% larger than IEEE 802.11ac, the brand new modification is predicted to realize a four× enhance to person throughput as a result of extra environment friendly spectrum utilization.” It runs eight 5 GHz streams and 4 2.four GHz streams.
Along with 6 we’ll now all name 802.11ac Wi-Fi 5 and 802.11n shall be referred to as Wi-Fi four. Gadgets shall be formally licensed by technology and the primary Wi-Fi 6 units will arrive in 2019. We’d encourage you to cease utilizing the 802.11 nomenclature nicely earlier than the deadline, guaranteeing a swift and easy transition into Wi-Fi chaos.