Wi-Fi we have now is dramatically different to the Wi-Fi first certified in the 20th century, and even to what was available five years ago. The Wi-Fi Alliance, an industry group that designs and certifies the standard, has worked continuously to roll out new features and improve the protocol beyond all recognition. The next improvement will start appearing in the real world next year, and while it brings all the usual speed and bandwidth improvements, the biggest change is going to be the name.
The latest iteration is going to be called Wi-Fi 6, which is a huge departure from the usual naming convention. This might not seem like a big deal, but anyone who has ever tried to explain to their parents why they need to upgrade their router probably knows that 802.11ac doesn’t sound like a big upgrade over 802.11g, or 802.11n, and 5GHz is better than 2.4GHz because…reasons?
All that is going out the window from now on. Wi-Fi 6 is newer and better than Wi-Fi 5, which is better than Wi-Fi 4 and so on. Of course, updates will bring different kinds of improvements, but the point is that any non-technical consumer is going to be able to look at their four-year-old router supplied by the cable company and realize that it’s a pile of garbage.
For those who actually want to know the difference in Wi-Fi 6 read the article ……………