Wi-Fi Technology Is Evolving, Is Your Router?
Wi-Fi Technology Is Evolving — Is Your Router?
- 1980: The first multi-protocol router is created at Stanford University.
- 1985: The FCC begins releasing Wi-Fi bands for unlicensed use, paving the way for wireless local area networking.
- 1988: The 802.11 committee is created to define standards for setting up a wireless local area network (WLAN).
- 1997: Original version of the 802.11 standard is released, featuring speeds of up to 2 Mbps (compared to wired LANs, which operated at 10 Mbps).
- 1999: The Wi-Fi® brand is adopted and 802.11b is released, operating on the 2.4 GHz band and featuring speeds up to 11 Mbps.
- 2000: 738 million people are using the Internet when 802.11a is released, which operates in the 5 GHz band and features speeds up to 54 Mbps.
- 2003: 802.11g is released, expanding the range of the 2.4 GHz band and bumping speeds high enough to support music streaming.
- 2009: 802.11n is released, featuring video stream-friendly data speeds of 600 Mbps and nearly doubling the range of the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands.
- 2013: Multi-User (MU) functionality is added to the 802.11ac standard, paving the way for the introduction of MU-MIMO technology.
- 2014: 802.11ac is released to the marketplace for use, pushing speed limits higher than ever before (up to 1 Gbps).
- 2015: As the Internet hits 3.2 billion users, the next generation of Wi-Fi technology (MU-MIMO) is released, creating the most efficient Wi-Fi connection to date.
- 2017+: Wi-Fi technology is constantly evolving. Consider replacing your router every 2 years to stay up to date with new Wi-Fi developments.