Recently, the Wi-Fi Alliance announce the beginning of the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ certification program based on 802.11ax technology. Wi-Fi 6 technology is a major paradigm shift for Wi-Fi technology with a redirected focus on higher efficiency using multi-user technologies such as OFDMA.
In 2019, we are also celebrating the 20th anniversary of Wi-Fi which has become an essential part of our daily worldwide communications culture. I thought it would fun to post a question on social media, asking “What are some things that would not be so easy today without Wi-Fi?" The answers were numerous, but a common thread is that Wi-Fi is a success story because of mobility it provides. Let’s take a look at some of the responses from Twitter and LinkedIn.
Ali Youssef pointed out the impact that Wi-Fi has had on the healthcare industry:
Andrew von Nagy points out that the way we consume entertainment has completely changed as a result of Wi-Fi:
Harry Hightower mentions numerous connectivity advantages as a result of the mobility that Wi-Fi provides:
Jerry Martin mentions the symbiotic relationship that Wi-Fi maintains with smart phones and tablets:
Ravi Radhakrishnan makes a similar observation:
Jules mentions that media asset management has also become faster and easier:
Probably my favorite response was from Amanda Sue Walker who reminds us that Wi-Fi provides us mobility and the freedom to work without a cable. Amanda does also point out that there can be some drawbacks, but working from the beach can’t be all bad:
How has Wi-Fi impacted my family’s world? My children have taken advantage of Wi-Fi mobility almost their entire lives. Ten years ago, I took my now 28-year old soon to visit college campuses with the hope of picking the best university match. Guess what the first question he and all the other potential students always asked the college tour guides: “How good is the Wi-Fi in the dorms and on the campus?”
Wi-Fi technology is ingrained into our everyday lives and has been for many years. Has Wi-Fi made your life better? If you have an interesting story or anecdote, please let us know!