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Industry Launches New Generation Of Wi-Fi For Faster, Stronger Connection

A new generation of Wi-Fi has been officially launched. It promises to provide faster, stronger and more stable connection compared to previous wireless technology. 

Wi-Fi 6 is expected to expand the coverage of wireless routers and offer new wireless features to smartphones, computers and even smart home gadgets. It will utilize tools like orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) and multi-user multiple input multiple output (MU-MIMO) to increase wireless connection’s capacity four times the number of devices previously supported on a single network.

The latest Wi-Fi version will also provide significant increase in data rates. It is expected to reach download speed of up to 9.6 gigabits per second (Gbps) compared to the previous Wi-Fi 5's 6.9 Gbps, ScienceAlert reported Tuesday

Wi-Fi is the widely used name for wireless networking protocols based on the IEEE 802.11 standards. The world already used nearly 15 iterations before the Wi-Fi 6.

Wi-Fi versions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 were originally named based on the 802.11 standards. Industry called Wi-Fi 4 as 802.11n, the current Wi-Fi 5 as 802.11ac and the new Wi-Fi 6 as 802.11ax. 

Wi-Fi Alliance, which oversees the technology, decided to change the naming structure and make it simple in 2018. The decision comes after the Wi-Fi update that focused on stronger wireless signal from a router and increase in connection speeds. 

Manufacturers already started producing new devices that can support Wi-Fi 6. The new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Apple's iPhone 11 reportedly are designed for the new connection.

Wi-Fi Alliance provided the certification this week to product manufacturers to release Wi-Fi 6. However, companies have yet to release a new router that supports 802.11ax to be standard technology.

The world may have to wait for months or years before fully utilizing faster internet with the Wi-Fi 6. Aside from Samsung and Apple, other tech companies have yet to release gadgets that could support the technology. 

Meanwhile, work on the next Wi-Fi 7 has already started. The industry expects the next version to come out by 2024. 

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