5G WiFi – why call it that?

5G WiFi is the moniker for IEEE 802.11ac based Wi-Fi solutions. So, why 5G WiFi?

802.11ac is the 5th generation of Wi-Fi! Wi-Fi as a technology has come a long way from the 2 Megabits per second [Mbps] speeds that it offered way back in 1997. Since then, it has revolutionized the way people use their computers, popularized laptops and mobile devices, and opened up the internet to every corner of the world. What is more, Wi-Fi as a technology has also continually improved in speeds and reliability with every new generation. Essentially, it has fostered the mobile computing revolution, and stepped up every single time to meet the increasing wireless needs of the consumers. Therein lies the unique success of Wi-Fi over the years.


As we enter 2012, we introduce 5G WiFi, the 5th generation of Wi-Fi – aptly named to recognize the impact Wi-Fi will continue to have on us in the years ahead.

5G WiFi recognizes the fact that each previous generation has come in at the right time to address an inflection point in consumer needs. The 1st generation Wi-Fi, 802.11, was introduced in 1997 for wireless internet. As emails became more prevalent, the industry quickly productized the second generation of Wi-Fi (802.11b) in 1999. In 2002, as the web experience became richer & graphics intensive, 802.11g/a stepped up as Gen3 Wi-Fi. The popularity of internet video sites like YouTube simply meant that it was time for the much faster 802.11n to take the mantle of 4G WiFi! And 5G WiFi is no different – it is here as a panacea for the video challenge. We need 5G WiFi to help the increasing number of Wi-Fi enabled devices access all the rich media content available on and off the web.

5G WiFi also reminds us that Wi-Fi will continue to serve us all for many years to come. It represents the continual industry commitment to meet your every single wireless need at home and at work. Today, with 5G WiFi, it is all about media content and devices. The possibilities for tomorrow are unlimited. And history suggests that Wi-Fi will keep up – with 6G WiFi and more.

So, join us in welcoming the 5th generation of Wi-Fi as 2012 dawns on us!

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