Wi-Fi 6 Unveiled by Wi-Fi Alliance

Wi-Fi 6 Unveiled by Wi-Fi Alliance
Confusing IEEE wireless networking designations such as 802.11ax are to be given consumer-friendly names.

(CCM) — The Wi-Fi Alliance is sweeping away the old, confusing names for different types of wireless networking technology — like 802.11b and 802.11ac — and replacing them with simple, consumer-friendly monikers.

Under the new naming system, the Austin, Texas-based trade association, which is responsible for WiFi technology branding and product certification, will give the name Wi-Fi 6 to the next generation of WiFi which uses 802.11ax technology. The new name will be adopted by wireless networking manufacturers such as Intel, Marvell, and Broadcom.

To further simplify the WiFi landscape, the Wi-Fi Alliance is designating older 802.11ac as Wi-Fi 5, and previous generation 802.11n technology as Wi-Fi 4.

"For nearly two decades, WiFi users have had to sort through technical naming conventions to determine if their devices support the latest WiFi," Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of the Wi-Fi Alliance, explained. "Wi-Fi Alliance is excited to introduce Wi-Fi 6, and present a new naming scheme to help industry and WiFi users easily understand the WiFi generation supported by their device or connection."

The older versions of WIFI technology — 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g — will not be rebranded, however, so consumers will not see references to Wi-Fi 1, Wi-Fi 2, or Wi-Fi 3 in any future product specifications or compatibility lists.

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