Get Ready for Wi-Fi 6: Certification Launches in Q3 2019

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.

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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.

Image credit: Jackie Niam/, Wi-Fi Alliance

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