Wi-Fi 6 – the sixth generation of wi-fi comes to the market in 2019

Wi-Fi 6 is coming…

This information comes directly from the telecompaper and helps users to understand what is happening with the new generation of wi-fi [emphasis added DL]. Look for this label, or something similar, to appear next year on the generation of the wi-fi gadgets.


Wi-Fi Alliance introduces Wi-Fi 6 branding for 802.11ax

Wednesday 3 October 2018 | 19:12 CET | News

The Wi-Fi Alliance has introduced a simplified way of naming next generation Wi-Fi technology. The latest standard, 802.11ax, will now be called Wi-Fi 6. The designation will make it easier for manufacturers and users, the former to market the Wi-Fi capabilities in their devices, and the latter to understand if their devices conform to the latest technology. The Wi-Fi designation is both for devices supporting a Wi-Fi technology and for the Wi-Fi network itself. Marvell was among the first to say it would be using the Wi-Fi 6 branding.

The new naming system identifies Wi-Fi generations by a numerical sequence that corresponds to major advancements in the technology, based on features such as speed, throughput and experience. 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.

The generational terminology may also be used to designate previous Wi-Fi generations, such as 802.11n or 802.11ac. The simplified system means that Wi-Fi 6 identifies devices that support 802.11ax technology, Wi-Fi 5 identifies those that support 802.11ac and Wi-Fi 4 identifies those that support 802.11n.

This new terminology is expected to be widely adopted by the Wi-Fi ecosystem and will continue in the future. The Wi-Fi Certified 6 certification will come next year.

Marvell said its compliant 802.11ax products will be branded Wi-Fi 6. The company explained that the standard significantly improves reliability and performance for the upload and download of data, especially in user dense environments such as the workplace, home and automobile.

Marvell said its 802.11ax, or Wi-Fi 6, product line, unveiled in December 2017, includes 8×8, 4×4 and 2×2 radios, aimed at enterprise and retail access points, carrier gateways, automotive and premium home markets. It added that its Wi-Fi 6 systems are fully compliant, implementing MU-MIMO and OFDMA for upload and download. The product line is now in early production.


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