Wi-Fi 6 is the next big upgrade to wireless networks
The new standard will start arriving on devices in 2019.
Wi-Fi is something we all use each and every day, but with crazy names such as 802.11n and 802.11ac, it can be difficult to remember which standard is better than another. When the next generation of Wi-Fi arrives (802.11ax), it'll go by a much simpler name — Wi-Fi 6.
The Wi-Fi Alliance announced this change on Wednesday, October 3, saying:
Looking back at older generations of Wi-Fi, their new naming goes as follows:
- 802.11b is now Wi-Fi 1
- 802.11a is now Wi-Fi 2
- 802.11g is now Wi-Fi 3
- 802.11n is now Wi-Fi 4
- 802.11ac is now Wi-Fi 5
The first Wi-Fi 6 devices are expected to arrive at some point next year and offer increased speed and better handling of multiple connections at once compared to Wi-Fi 5.
What do you think of the new naming scheme?
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WiFi 6 - 802.11AD
Article says it is going to be 802.11AX
Yea it seems like they skipped ad for some reason
they skipped many letters lol...
All those folks testing for certification get an acronym to learn to remember the order: BAGNACAX
Much better for the average joe, personally I'll just stick to 802.11ax as it makes spec research much easier as it's very specific. WiFi 5 for example is too generic and yields far too many irrelevant search results.
Not everything needs to be simplified.