Wi-Fi Alliance put an end to confusing Wi-Fi Naming once and for all. Meet the new WiFi 6.
WiFi 6? Where are the WiFi 5 and before?!
If you are not techie or geek enough, most likely you’ll get confused with the Wi-Fi standard naming, especially if you are planning to buy or upgrade your Wi-Fi router at home. The label they put on the Wi-Fi devices are something like WiFi 802.11b, WiFi 802.11a, WiFi 802.11g, WiFi 802.11n, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and Wi-Fi 802.11ax.
Do you know all of them? Do you also know which one comes first and which one comes last? Well, good if you know. That means you are geek enough.
Do you also know which is one the correct one, Wi-Fi or WiFi? Turns out, both are fine – since the Wi-Fi Alliance website use both Wi-Fi and WiFi interchangeably.
Finally Wi-Fi Names will no longer be confusing!
Now these confusing names will be replaced with a more human-readable-easier-to-understand naming convention once and for all.
These is the image from Wi-Fi Alliance website.
Though they never really mentioned about Wi-Fi 1 to 3, but basically here they are.
|Existing Wi-Fi Name||New Name||Frequencies||Speed|
|802.11b||Wi-Fi 1||2.4 GHz||11 Mbps|
|802.11a||Wi-Fi 2||5 Ghz||54 Mbps|
|802.11g||Wi-Fi 3||2.4GHz||54 Mbps|
|802.11n||Wi-Fi 4||5 Ghz||up to 300 Mbps|
|802.11ac||Wi-Fi 5||2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz||up to 2.34 Gbps|
|802.11ax||Wi-Fi 6||2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz||up to 11 Gbps|
With this Wi-Fi name changing into a much better and easier to understand, hoping people will no longer get confused or tricked when they are buying something related to Wi-Fi.
So which generation is your Wi-Fi router at home? Is it time to upgrade for a better speed?
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