The Wi-Fi Alliance simplifies wireless standards naming scheme

Current Wi-Fi standards renamed, 802.11ax termed as Wi-Fi 6

We don’t need to call the upcoming Wi-Fi standard as ‘802.11ax’ anymore! To keep up with the times, the WiFi Alliance have now introduced a new naming pattens for its current and upcoming Wi-Fi technology. This also includes new logo(s) for easier identification. As we all agree, simplicity is the best:

  • 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

As you will expect, each names will have its technical standards available everytime its out.

Widespread Adoption- Hardware and Software

The new naming schemes will be easily adopted by manufacturers. Most wireless device and component makers have acknowledged the changed. Qualcomm, Broadcom, Marvell, Intel and NETGEAR are some of those names. The operating system for PCs and other devices may take time, depending on its version and its roll-out schedule.

Labeling restrictions relaxed

It also allows device makers to use new terms beyond specifications and marketing materials. This can be labeled in the device’s interface for people to easily identify the standard their router and device supports. This is a much-needed adoption for all types of system users, as most people who use this technology don’t get the old naming schemes. It is no different from renaming ‘Advanced graphics settings’ to ‘Graphics Settings on the new Windows 10 update.

“For nearly two decades, Wi-Fi users have had to sort through technical naming conventions to determine if their devices support the latest Wi-Fi,” said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance. “Wi-Fi Alliance is excited to introduce Wi-Fi 6, and present a new naming scheme to help industry and Wi-Fi users easily understand the Wi-Fi generation supported by their device or connection.”

The adoption and certification of WiFI 6 devices will in the year 2019.

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