The Wi-Fi Alliance announced Wi-Fi 6 in October. Today, the details of the Wi-Fi 6 certification process will be announced, which will begin in the third quarter of 2019. Expect many new Wi-Fi 6 devices later this year.
Some manufacturers have already released router and other devices for advertising support for Wi-Fi 6, but not "Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6." The certification program ensures that devices are compatible and have certain features. The Wi-Fi Alliance told us that they expect manufacturers to certify these existing Wi-Fi 6 devices at launch.
Wi-Fi 6 includes a variety of technologies, but some are mandatory for certification. The devices must support WPA3 encryption to improve security for certification. They must also support certain features, including OFDMA, MU-MIMO, Beamforming, 1
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But you do not need to know all these technical terms. That's what the new name "Wi-Fi 6" is, which is a friendlier name for 802.11ax. So far, Wi-Fi standards such as 802.11n, 802.11g and 802.11ac have been named. Can you put them in the right order? (Note: No, it's not an alphabet!)
The correct order for Wi-Fi standards from the oldest to the latest is 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac, and 802.11ax. Do not worry if you can not remember – the Wi-Fi Alliance has found that only 5% of respondents can put these standards in the right order.
So forget all that -Fi 6-certified. "You do not even have to worry about WPA3 certification because Wi-Fi-6-certified devices need to support WPA3.
The certification may seem like a formality, but it is a sign that these devices are actually arriving. We expect to release numerous Wi-Fi 6 devices as of mid-2019. At CES 2019, many vendors will be showing different Wi-Fi 6 devices this week, from wireless routers and mesh networking solutions to PCs.
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