New classifications to identify Wi-Fi technologies

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For the past two decades, Wi-Fi technology, based on the IEEE 802.11 standard, has continually improved, with each generation bringing faster speeds, lower latency, and better user experiences in a multitude of environments and with a variety of device types.

To help users identify devices that provide the latest Wi-Fi experience, Wi-Fi Alliance has introduced simplified generational names that may appear in device names and product descriptions. The latest generation of Wi-Fi devices, based on the 802.11ax standard, are known as ‘Wi-Fi 6’ devices. The majority of devices shipping today, based upon the 802.11ac standard, are identified as ‘Wi-Fi 5’.

In summary:

  • ‘Wi-Fi 6’ identifies devices that support IEEE 802.11ax technology;
  • ‘Wi-Fi 5’ identifies devices that support IEEE 802.11ac technology; and
  • ‘Wi-Fi 4’ identifies devices that support IEEE 802.11n technology.