WiFi wasn’t intended for the rest of us. Now, all that’s about to change. Generations of WiFi technolgies once identified by cumbersome numbers like 802.11n (now WiFi 4) and 802.11ac. (now WiFi 5) are about to get much simpler to ID.
Now that WiFi has become consumer care about, the industry needed to make an adjustment. So the upcoming WiFi ecosystem, the 802.11ax, will now be known simply as WiFi 6.
“For nearly two decades, Wi-Fi users have had to sort through technical naming conventions to determine if their devices support the latest Wi-Fi,” said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance. “Wi-Fi Alliance is excited to introduce Wi-Fi 6, and present a new naming scheme to help industry and Wi-Fi users easily understand the Wi-Fi generation supported by their device or connection.”