Wi-Fi 6 is the next big upgrade to wireless networks
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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Even if they are not very much used anymore, most people would think "b" is better than "a", but no!
How the hell did they jump all the way to AX?
If my in-laws are at Best Buy shopping for a new router because their old Netgear 802.11a/b router sh** the bed, they will see that 6 must be better than 5. Regardless of whether or not any of their devices support it.