#Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax): A cheat sheet

Brandon Vigliarolo
Brandon Vigliarolo

Source: Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax): A cheat sheet РTechRepublic. Wireless speeds are about to get a lot faster thanks to the introduction of Wi-Fi 6 later this year. Learn how Wi-Fi 6 will impact business professionals and users.

WI-Fi 6, due for release later in 2019, is supposed to make Wi-Fi networks faster, more reliable, and more energy efficient than ever, but what exactly does that mean?

Wi-Fi 6 is the Wi-Fi Alliance’s name for 802.11ax under its new naming scheme that is designed to make Wi-Fi generations easier to understand for the average computer user. Wi-Fi 6 will be replacing Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), which replaced Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) as the standard for Wi-Fi speed in 2013.

It’s easy to get confused about what Wi-Fi 6 is and how it will improve upon older Wi-Fi standards, especially with the coming release of 5G wireless technology. With Wi-Fi 6 and 5G emerging onto the market at roughly the same time, it would make sense that they’re somehow related; while both promise similar improvements, they’re distinctly different technologies.

This Wi-Fi 6 cheat sheet will help dispel the confusion surrounding Wi-Fi 6, its place in our modern wireless world, and how it will be used once it’s rolled out in 2019. We’ll update this article when new information about Wi-Fi 6 is available. (Note:This article on Wi-Fi 6 is available to downloaded as a free PDF.)

What is Wi-Fi 6?

Wi-Fi 6 is the next evolution of wireless local area network (WLAN) technology. The name Wi-Fi 6 is part of a new naming convention the Wi-Fi Alliance imposed on Wi-Fi standards to make them more easily understood by Wi-Fi users, making it much like the 3G/4G/5G naming convention used by cellular data networks.

Behind the Wi-Fi 6 name is the latest version of the 802.11 wireless networking standard: 802.11ax. This new Wi-Fi standard is reportedly up to 30% faster than Wi-Fi 5, but speed hasn’t been the main benefit touted by the Wi-Fi Alliance and other industry experts; Wi-Fi 6 also brings lower latency, more simultaneously deliverable data, and improved power efficiency. In order to provide these changes, Wi-Fi 6 is improving on and introducing new technology.

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