The Wi-Fi Alliance already announced Wi-Fi 6 back in October. Today, we announce the details of the Wi-Fi certification process 6, which will be launched in the third quarter of 2019. Look forward to many new Wi-Fi 6 devices later this year.
Some manufacturers have already released routers and other devices that support Wi-Fi 6, but they're not. "Wi-Fi certified 6. "This certification program ensures that devices are compatible and feature specific features. The Wi-Fi Alliance told us that they expect manufacturers to already certify these existing Wi-Fi 6 devices when launching the program.
Wi-Fi 6 includes various technologies, but some are mandatory for certification. The devices must support WPA3 encryption to improve security to obtain certification. They must also support specific features, including OFDMA, MU-MIMO, beam formation, 1024-QAM, and target wake-up time (TMT). Together, these features provide a more efficient network with lower latency, improved speed with multiple devices, and improved battery life for these devices.
But you do not need to know all these technical terms. This is the interest of the new name "Wi-Fi 6", which is a more friendly term for 802.11ax. Up to now, Wi-Fi standards have been named as 802.11n, 802.11g and 802.11ac. Can you put them in the right order? (Hint: no, it's not alphabetic!)
The correct order for Wi-Fi standards, from the oldest to the newest, is 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac and 802.11ax. Do not worry if you do not remember, the Wi-Fi Alliance found that only 5% of respondents could put these standards in the right order.
So forget all that. Just search for "Certified Wi-Fi 6". You do not even have to worry about WPA3 certification, because Wi-Fi 6 certified devices must support WPA3.
Certification may seem like a formality, but it is a sign that these devices are actually coming. We expect that many Wi-Fi 6 devices will be released from mid-2019. Many manufacturers have already introduced various Wi-Fi 6 devices this week at CES 2019, ranging from wireless routers and mesh networking solutions to PCs.