The next generation of Wi-Fi will be named Wi-Fi 6

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The next generation of Wi-Fi will be named Wi-Fi 6

The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced the Wi-Fi 6 industry designation for products and networks that support the next generation of 802.11ax technology.

This re-branding of Wi-Fi standards aims to make the technology easier to understand and allow customers to easily determine the level of support offered by products.
 

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We barely have 5ghz support and they want to go to ax
 

irBosOtter

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We barely have 5ghz support and they want to go to ax
  • Wi-Fi 6 to identify devices that support 802.11ax technology
  • Wi-Fi 5 to identify devices that support 802.11ac technology
  • Wi-Fi 4 to identify devices that support 802.11n technology
AX will still use 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz, just faster than AC

Though the nominal data rate is just 37% higher than IEEE 802.11ac, the new amendment is expected to achieve a 4× increase to user throughput due to more efficient spectrum utilization
 

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  • Wi-Fi 6 to identify devices that support 802.11ax technology
  • Wi-Fi 5 to identify devices that support 802.11ac technology
  • Wi-Fi 4 to identify devices that support 802.11n technology
AX will still use 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz, just faster than AC

Though the nominal data rate is just 37% higher than IEEE 802.11ac, the new amendment is expected to achieve a 4× increase to user throughput due to more efficient spectrum utilization
But a ac phone wont work on ax right?
 

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They should have called "Wi-Fi 5"

Wi-Five instead

Missed opportunity IMHO
 

irBosOtter

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But a ac phone wont work on ax right?
Will work fine

The 802.11ax standard takes a variety of well-understood wireless techniques and combines them in a way that achieves a significant advance over previous standards, yet maintains backward compatibility with 802.11ac and 802.11n.
 

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They should have called "Wi-Fi 5"

Wi-Five instead

Missed opportunity IMHO
They missed opportunity years ago. Now, at this stage 'ax' should be named WiFi II, or a similar, no jumping numbers up.

Do not (I repeat) do not rename/rebrand old technologies.
 

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They missed opportunity years ago. Now, at this stage 'ax' should be named WiFi II, or a similar, no jumping numbers up.

Do not (I repeat) do not rename/rebrand old technologies.
Because the average consumer knows exactly how to differentiate between 802.11b/g/n/ac/ax
 
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