The New Naming Convention

In the olden days, we had confusing, complicated, and standard names for Wi-Fi. It represented innovation in a way, identifying old from new. But in 2019, we see that trend dissipate, albeit not as a mandate. We now have version numbers to separate eras across the Wi-Fi ecosystem. For example:

1. 802.11n, released in 2009, is the fourth version or Wi-Fi 4,
2. 802.11ac, released in 2014, could be likened to Wi-Fi 5, and then,
3. 802.11ax, scheduled for release in 2019, also known as Wi-Fi 6

Wi-Fi 6 – The Next Gen Wi-Fi

This generation of the wireless standard doesn’t merely come with a user-friendly version number, it’s the future of Wi-Fi technology that far outstrips its predecessor. Apart from increased throughput, the sixth version is also expected to offer better experiences in congestion, increased capacity and improved power efficiency.

According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, the new standard is built to outperform the fifth generation by roughly 40%. In simpler terms, Wi-Fi 6 manages to accomplish more via highly efficient data encoding, resulting in an increased throughput. It also packs more data into the same radio waves.

Wi-Fi 6 – Enhancements


Wi-Fi 6 devices of course bring in a lot of advantages over the previous generation Wi-Fi by enhanced performance to the users in more critical environments of smart homes, IOT, large-scale deployments like retail and stadiums and assist mission critical deployments.

With over 50 Billion network-connected devices anticipated by 2020, the adaptation to the fast-speed technology has already begun with many access points and stations supporting sixth version of the technology started to roll out.

So, Wi-Fi is ready to deliver the next gen connectivity and user experience in the areas of home, enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities, VR-IR and Public Venues. Welcome and here’s to great new year of 802.11ax.


About the Author


Sudhananda leads the Lab as a Service practice at GlobalEdge Software Ltd. He can be reached at