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The joy of six: Wi-Fi 6 and why it matters

Henry Burrell
Fri, 09 Oct 2020

Henry Burrell
Fri, 09 Oct 2020
The first thing to know about Wi-Fi is that “Wi-Fi” isn’t short for anything.Consultancy behemoth Interbrand was tasked with inventing a consumer-friendly name for the new wireless technology in 1999. Before then it was known as IEEE 802.11b, which sounds more like a Wi-Fi password.Interbrand came up with 10 potential names, of which Wi-Fi was one. It is a pun on Hi-Fi, which is short for high fidelity, but Wi-Fi isn’t short for wireless fidelity. It’s just a marketing invention that went mainstream.As New Zealande...

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