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What’s the Difference Between Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6? (.PDF Download)

Oct. 2, 2019
What’s the Difference Between Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6? (.PDF Download)

Wireless local-area networks provide internet access for many users in rapidly growing numbers in homes, offices, factories, and public places. The growth rate is so fast, in fact, that what had been the international standard for wireless networking, IEEE 802.11ac, released in 2014, can no longer keep up. It’s now being replaced by a new version of the standard, IEEE 802.11ax. In other words, IEEE 802.11ac is Wi-Fi 5 and IEEE 802.11ax is Wi-Fi 6. The standards are compatible but also different in many ways, with enough disparities to combine for significant improvements in wireless network capacity and efficiency for all users, even in crowded places.