Next Generation Wi-Fi

The next generation of Wi-Fi® connectivity meets the growing needs of a demanding global population. The increase in Wi-Fi capable devices and dependence upon Wi-Fi has made Wi-Fi a necessity of everyday life. During the past two decades, technological advancements have enabled the industry to provide better user experiences with each Wi-Fi generation, while using a limited amount of unlicensed spectrum.

Every generation of Wi-Fi aims to increase capacity and throughput in dense environments, extend network range, and reduce power consumption to meet user expectations for existing and emerging uses.

Wi-Fi’s strengths of affordable performance, efficient operation in unlicensed spectrum, commitment to security, ease of use, self-deployment, and long-term compatibility provide a basis for fulfilling next generation use cases, with current and future Wi-Fi technology.

Wi-Fi Alliance® has created a number of certification programs to support a variety of advanced connectivity scenarios, including those requiring high bandwidth and low latency, increased performance, and longer range and power efficiency, such as Internet of Things (IoT) environments. Wi-Fi Alliance supports key connectivity uses through these certification programs:

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™: The next generation of Wi-Fi connectivity, Wi-Fi 6 is based on IEEE 802.11ax and brings increased capacity and efficiency along with faster speeds than previous technologies in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. Increased range, better performance in dense environments where many devices compete for bandwidth, and enhanced power efficiency for devices are characteristics of Wi-Fi 6.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WiGig™: Providing multi-gigabit speeds in the 60 GHz band, WiGig® enables a host of high bandwidth uses. The potential for applications such as augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) and services such as HD streaming is being realized through WiGig.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Vantage™: Bringing streamlined Wi-Fi connectivity to managed networks in transportation hubs, stadiums, shopping malls, and more enables users to remain connected and productive on the go. Wi-Fi Vantage™ networks combine high performance connectivity, network intelligence, and smoother transitions as users traverse the wider network.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WPA3™: The next generation of Wi-Fi security, WPA3™, provides cutting-edge security protocols. WPA3 simplifies Wi-Fi security, enables more robust authentication, delivers increased cryptographic strength, and maintains resiliency of mission critical networks.

Wi-Fi HaLow™: Wi-Fi HaLow provides the long range and low power needed to support IoT applications such as smart home systems that monitor, protect, and control home environments.

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