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New Wi-Fi names make it easier to understand

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Oct 5, 2018, 1:19 pm IST
Updated Oct 5, 2018, 1:20 pm IST
The Wi-Fi Alliance has adopted a simpler naming convention for all its existing Wi-Fi standards.
The Alliance has also given simpler names to the existing standards — Wi-Fi 5 for 802.11ac and Wi-Fi 4 for 802.11n standard. (Photo: Pixabay)
 The Alliance has also given simpler names to the existing standards — Wi-Fi 5 for 802.11ac and Wi-Fi 4 for 802.11n standard. (Photo: Pixabay)

If you are new or alien to technology conventions, then knowing about the different types of Wi-Fi becomes challenging, especially when you have to get one for your home or office. One needs to figure out the complex technical terms in order to understand which standard of Wi-Fi is suited for his/her needs and whether the hardware supports it. Thankfully, the Wi-Fi Alliance has understood the issue and addressed it with the announcement of the latest generation of the Wi-Fi standard — Wi-Fi 6.

Wi-Fi 6 is a more consumer-friendly name for Wi-Fi 802.11ax and offers a substantial amount of speed as well as reliability upgrades over the previous generation. More importantly, the new generation standard makes it easier for a layman to understand which version is the newest and what features does it offer. The Alliance has also given simpler names to the existing standards — Wi-Fi 5 for 802.11ac and Wi-Fi 4 for 802.11n standard.

 

Coming to Wi-Fi 6, the new standard now offers incremental updates, with up to 37 per cent faster speeds than the previous generation. Wi-Fi 6 can reach up to 11Gbit/s with an increase of four times user throughput through improved spectrum utilisation. A denser subcarrier spacing, a new 1024QAM mode, as well as allowance up to 9 concurrent users per channel, with each user being assigned up to 26 subcarriers, translates to more users on a network with access to high-speed Internet. Wi-Fi 6 will operate within 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands as usual, but will also offer additional frequencies between 1GHz and 7GHz once they are available for commercial use.

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