How the Future of WiFi Changes Everything
In 1990, the World Wide Web and the modern Internet made its way into our homes and became popularized among the masses. Yet even before the internet, as we understand it today, had been developed, the WiFi question had been theorized by some of the greatest scientists and inventors for decades.
Let’s take a step back in time to 1926 and the world of Nikola Tesla. Proposing his idea of the “World Wireless System,” curiously similar in name to the modern World Wide Web, Tesla described digital capabilities far beyond his time that included instantaneous communication “as perfectly as though we were face to face,” and through devices that would be able to be “carried in a vest pocket.” Each decade since, new applications for small-scale WiFi-like connections were developed from ALOHAnet in the 1970s to WaveLAN in the 1980s and eventually the first installation of large-scale wireless networks by AT&T at Carnegie Mellon. Today still, our growing tech and IoT demands in particular, require stronger and more reliable connections – for that, we have WiFi 6. Capable of maintaining smooth connectivity for home IoT devices without clogging up the network, WiFi 6 replaces WiFi 5 as the state-of-the-art networks made specially with IoT in mind.
By 2020, there will be 20 billion IoT devices worldwide all vying for the most reliable connection. Are you ready for Wifi 6? See this infographic for more on the past, present, and future of WiFi and what it means for the IoT of tomorrow.