The WiFi Alliance states that Wi-Fi 6 is part of a new naming approach that provides users with an easy-to-understand guideline of how it works.

CAPE TOWN – The introduction of the next generation of WiFi is set to be called WiFi 6 and will be available next year, according to the Wi-Fi Alliance. 

In the latest blog post, the WiFi  Alliance states that Wi-Fi 6 is part of a new naming approach that provides users with an easy-to-understand guideline of how it works. 

"The new naming system identifies Wi-Fi generations by a numerical sequence which correspond to major advancements in Wi-Fi. The generation names can be used by product vendors to identify the latest Wi-Fi technology a device supports, by OS vendors to identify the generation of Wi-Fi connection between a device and network, and by service providers to identify the capabilities of a Wi-Fi network to their customers," said the Wi-Fi Alliance in a blog post. 

This means that the new standard is also said to be faster and more reliable than its predecessor.

The generational terminology may also be used to designate previous Wi-Fi generations, such as 802.11n or 802.11ac. The numerical sequence includes:

  • Wi-Fi 6 to identify devices that support 802.11ax technology
  • Wi-Fi 5 to identify devices that support 802.11ac technology
  • Wi-Fi 4 to identify devices that support 802.11n technology

According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, Wi-Fi 6 will deliver an improved experience to address device and application needs in a range of consumer and enterprise environments. 

“For nearly two decades, Wi-Fi users have had to sort through technical naming conventions to determine if their devices support the latest Wi-Fi,” said Edgar Figueroa, President and Chief Executive of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

“Wi-Fi Alliance is excited to introduce Wi-Fi 6, and present a new naming scheme to help industry and Wi-Fi users easily understand the Wi-Fi generation supported by their device or connection.”

The Wi-Fi Alliance adds that the User Interface (UI) visual will adjust as a device moves between Wi-Fi networks so users have real-time awareness of their device connection.

"Beginning with Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi Alliance certification programs based on major IEEE 802.11 releases will use a generational Wi-Fi name; Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ certification is coming in 2019", said the Wi-Fi Alliance.