Internet dictates our life now in many ways. We can barely pass a couple of hours without an internet-connected device. It went from being a new technology or luxury to basic need in the span of just 3 decades. Earlier it was attributed to just the younger generation. However, now even the middle-aged or the older generations are active on the internet via a smartphone.
Since the internet is so crucial now, let us understand the technology behind one of the transmission ways. Apart from mobile networks and LAN cables, Wi-Fi is a very popular way to connect with the internet. It is very convenient as there is no need for any cable to connect with. Moreover, the speeds available are generally higher than in mobile networks.
The organization that sets different standards and gives the names to them is known as the Wi-Fi Alliance. Updates are necessary for every technology and Wi-Fi is no different. The new wifi standards will have the following benefits:
- Lower Latency – this means there will be less delay in loading
- Fewer disconnections
- Less likely to form dead zones using beamforming technology
- Better battery life through an efficient power usage management of the devices
- Faster than the previous generations. Will perform better even on existing internet speed connections due to better network usage.
The new technology is developed keeping in mind that the earlier versions were very confusing for the users. It was difficult for common users to understand which standard meant the latest version.
Various Wi-Fi versions are as follows:
- 802.11 n – Wi-Fi4
- 802.11 ac – Wi-Fi5
- 802.11 ax – Wi-Fi6
The latest Wi-Fi 6 will be helpful in denser places where there are many barriers. Earlier in such places, the speed of the internet got very slow as it got dispersed easily. In the newer version, they are using beamforming technology. This technology allows the router to focus the Wi-Fi signals on devices instead of sending it to everywhere.
It should be noted that internet technologies are going through a very good time. The market will be receiving its 5G networks very soon. Most of the developed nations are claiming that by the end of 2019 they will start rolling out the 5G spectrum for the telecom network suppliers.
Major brands such as Samsung, OnePlus and Huawei are already working on 5G enabled smartphones. They will be launching by mid to late 2019 or early 2020. In fact, the smartphone processor companies such as Qualcomm Snapdragon are also developing chipsets with the necessary modem to support 5G internet speeds.
These developments are happening almost simultaneously. This indicates that the internet speeds all across the world are going to speed up rather quickly. The Internet is spreading through our daily lives through uncountable ways. The largest of them is IoT or Internet of Things. For using the IoT devices there will be a need for high-speed internet for stability. This is where Wi-Fi 6 and 5G comes in to play.