Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi Alliance announced the new naming approach to making users easy to understand and discarded the 802.11 naming method.
The Wi-Fi Alliance introduced the Wi-Fi 6 that support the next generation of Wi-Fi. With Wi-Fi aims to deliver an improved user experience to address device and application needs in a range of consumer and enterprise environments.
Wi-Fi 6 brings enhanced performance for users in smart home environments supporting multiple Internet of Things (IoT) devices per user, as well as to businesses and operators running large-scale deployments reads Wi-Fi Alliance release notes.
“With the new naming scheme, the recent versions 802.11ac named as Wi-Fi 5 and 802.11n as Wi-Fi 4. The generation names can be used by product vendors to identify the latest Wi-Fi technology a device supports, by OS vendors to identify the generation of Wi-Fi connection between a device and network, and by service providers to identify the capabilities of a Wi-Fi network to their customers.”
— Wi-Fi Alliance (@WiFiAlliance) October 3, 2018
Benefits of Wi-Fi 6
Higher data rates
Good performance in dense environments
Improved power efficiency
“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.”
The new icons help users in moving between their Wi-Fi networks if it indicates 6 then the user is having a Wi-Fi 6 connection.
`”Wi-Fi technology has evolved and improved over the last 21 years – from only a few megabits to several Gigabit speeds – yet this information is currently not provided. With Wi-Fi 6, consumers can easily identify the level of Wi-Fi provided and demand superior services.”