The WiFi Alliance decided in October last year to give a facelift to the nomenclatures of the wireless connection protocol versions. Thus, what was to be called 802.11ax, went on to be called Wi-Fi 6, since it was the sixth version of this type of connection.
“Wi-Fi 6, the new generation of wireless connections, will be absent in most devices launched in 2019.”
These types of changes occur once every five years, and we are already immersed in the full implementation of Wi-Fi 6. But not everything goes as fast as you would expect. Although new routers are already starting to incorporate Wi-Fi 6, the plethora of devices that can connect to the Internet without cable has lagged behind.
During the past CES 2019, one of the largest consumer electronics fairs in the world, which has just been held in Las Vegas, only a few laptops adapted to the new standard have been shown. In contrast, all mobile phones, tablets, smart appliances and other gadgets shown, lacked support for the new generation of Wi-Fi.
Although logically the routers have to be the first devices to receive a new standard, the lack of implementation in devices is a great news. Wi-Fi 6 will reduce battery consumption, include more information in each package and allow more devices to connect to a network, so consumers will miss a major breakthrough. At least for the moment.
2019 was the year fixed by the Wi-Fi Alliance to introduce the new generation of Wi-Fi. Therefore, that new generation routers already incorporate it is the necessary step for device manufacturers to start including it as well. But given the calm with which they are taking it, it is to be expected that the year of Wi-Fi 6 will be 2020.