Wi-Fi to Adapt Version Numbers


Wi-Fi has evolved and changed, just like your phone’s software, or Windows. Since 1999, there have been 5 versions of Wi-Fi.  Wi-Fi version is written as 802.11 followed by a letter or letters. The current version of Wi-Fi is 802.11ac, but how would you know that it is better than 802.11n or 802.11g? This system does not follow set rules, such as the original being 802.11a and then 802.11b, and so on. A lot of companies use number system, which is usually easier to tell what version is newer. This is because they use numbers to describe the version. Windows has been using numbers more recently, with Windows 7, 8, and 10 and Apple has also been using numbers, with IOS 12.

Instead, they are dropping this way of naming their versions and are just going to be using numbers. This means the current version is Wi-Fi 5, and previous versions before it are their retrospective number. This will make it easier for people to understand what version is the most updated and best. This change will not change Wi-Fi and how it works, just how it is branded and named.

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