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IEEE 802.11ax WLAN systems running Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access on 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz routers are entering our lives.
Translation: Wi-Fi 6 is coming, and efforts are being made to help people understand what they are using.

The Wi-Fi Alliance are promoting their initiative to refer to the next generation of Wi-Fi as Wi-Fi 6 rather than 802.11ax. This naming convention shift is intended to help consumers to understand what they are purchasing. This is also expected to be accompanied by icons on device software so a user knows what specification of Wi-Fi they are connected to. This all comes together to make the branding easier to understand.

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Proposed Wi-Fi Icons, Courtesy of

The Wi-Fi Alliance is a worldwide network who work with hundreds of companies to certify products which meet its standards and work to drive the evolution of Wi-Fi globally. Similarly, the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) work to collaborate the efforts of technological professionals around the world. The IEEE was the body which originally introduced the 802.11 system of Wi-Fi identification. They have decided not to adopt the new naming convention.

Wi-Fi is a wireless connectivity allowing access to the internet by a device without the need of a physical wired connection. It uses radio signals to transmit information between the device and a transmitter which is connected to the internet through a broadband line.

In what year was the first predecessor for Wi-Fi invented?

1971. NCR Corporation created it for use in cashier systems. These first wireless products were under the name ‘WaveLAN’

Wi-Fi 6 is expected to be up to 10x faster than previous versions, making use of ODMFA technology. Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access is used to allow up to 30 individual clients to share each channel simultaneously rather than taking turns. This will result in less congestion on busy networks allowing for faster speeds for all. This is of particular use in large shared areas such as train stations and airports where many people are trying to access a Wi-Fi network at once.

In addition to this, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz channels can be combined to create more routes for data. When this is combined with QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) encoding, more data can be transmitted at one time from each device. This improves the battery life of devices as less energy is used to transmit more data over the extended ranges.

Why Worcestershire is at the Forefront of 5G Development

Wake Time Scheduling is a new feature which saves battery charge by allowing devices to sleep when inactive. The Access Point (router) will tell the device when it can sleep for short periods. These frequent short periods of sleep will save a large amount of battery usage. This is most likely to be used by Internet of Things devices – technology which is incorporated into everyday life, such as mobile phone-controlled thermostats. The devices can enter a state of sleep when not needed to conserve energy and be more efficient.

Wi-Fi is now an essential part of most day-to-day business operations, so when the internet connectivity is not up to standard it can be frustrating and interrupt your work. SeaBro IT can provide all of the hardware and support you need to keep your business online. No matter the size or location of your offices, we can work with you. Our friendly engineers will assess the environment and advise on the best options to optimise your connectivity while sticking to a budget. Get in touch to find out how we can help your business.

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