WI-FI 6 (802.11AX): A cheat sheet (free PDF)

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Provided by: TechRepublic
Topic: Networking
Format: PDF

WI-Fi 6, due for release later in 2019, is supposed to make Wi-Fi networks faster, more reliable, and more energy efficient than ever, but what exactly does that mean?

Wi-Fi 6 is the Wi-Fi Alliance’s name for 802.11ax under its new naming scheme that is designed to make Wi-Fi generations easier to understand for the average computer user. Wi-Fi 6 will be replacing Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), which replaced Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) as the standard for Wi-Fi speed in 2013.

It’s easy to get confused about what Wi-Fi 6 is and how it will improve upon older Wi-Fi standards, especially with the coming release of 5G wireless technology. With Wi-Fi 6 and 5G emerging onto the market at roughly the same time, it would make sense that they’re somehow related; while both promise similar improvements, they’re distinctly different technologies.

This Wi-Fi 6 cheat sheet will help dispel the confusion surrounding Wi-Fi 6, its place in our modern wireless world, and how it will be used once it’s rolled out in 2019. We’ll update this article when new information about Wi-Fi 6 is available. (Note: This article on Wi-Fi 6 is available to downloaded as a free PDF.)

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