It’s been coming for a while and you might have heard about it during the iPhone 11 announcement last week, but WiFi 6 is now a thing. And it’s all officially launched.

The idea behind WiFi 6 is to simply make it easier for users to understand what their devices are compatible with and capable of. Previously, people had to content with things like 802.11ac. or 802.11n. Now they have WiFi 6 which saves them from having to call it 802.11ax.

Now manufacturers have to put the labels below on their devices to signify what speeds they are capable of. As an example, Apple started off by labeling the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro with the WiFi 6 branding.

  • Wi-Fi 6 is for devices that support 802.11ax technology
  • Wi-Fi 5 is for devices that support 802.11ac technology
  • Wi-Fi 4 is for devices that support 802.11n technology

Don’t get too excited, though. In typical fashion the WiFi Alliance managed to complicate things still.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 provides the foundation for a host of current and emerging uses from streaming ultra high-definition movies, to mission-critical business applications requiring high bandwidth and low latency, to staying connected and productive while traversing large, congested networks in airports and train stations.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6, the industry certification program based on the IEEE 802.11ax standard, provides the capacity, efficiency, coverage, and performance required by users today in the most demanding Wi-Fi environments. Emphasizing quality connectivity in locations with hundreds or thousands of connected devices such as stadiums and other public venues, as well as corporate networks utilizing time-sensitive, high bandwidth applications, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 networks ensure each connected device performs at an optimum level. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 devices meet the highest standards for security and interoperability, and enable lower battery consumption, making it a solid choice for any environment, including the Internet of Things (IoT).

So yeah. Now you know.

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