Wi-Fi 802.11ax announced; Will be called Wi-Fi 6

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The Wi-Fi Alliance announces the next generation of Wi-Fi technology — 802.11ax based Wi-Fi 6. They’re also changing how it’s called.

Wi-Fi 6 aka Wi-Fi 802.11ax

Each new generation of Wi-Fi technology features a series of improvements such as faster speeds, increased throughput, and better experiences. So expected the new Wi-Fi 6 to be better in those categories.

The Wi-Fi Alliance also announced a new naming scheme to identify the different generations of Wi-Fi technologies.

I think this is good news, considering how confusing and technical sounding the old names of 802.11 a, b, g, n, and ac were. Truth be told, I never bothered Googling why it’s named that way.

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According to the announcement, the new names will be simpler and easier to remember. Basically, they’ll just replace the 802.11 technology identifier with a number. The new name sequences are:

  • Wi-Fi 6 –> 802.11 ax
  • Wi-Fi 5 –> 802.11ac
  • Wi-Fi 4 –> 802.11n

Now, isn’t that better? So expect to see the new Wi-Fi names on your device and smartphone spec sheet, and router details.


Bryan is a geek at heart and a tech enthusiast by choice. He has a strong background in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations having worked in the telecommunications and banking sectors for over two decades. In his spare time, he enjoys watching clips on YouTube and binge watching shows on Netflix.

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