Next Generation Wi-Fi

The next generation of Wi-Fi® connectivity meets the growing needs of a demanding global population. The increase in Wi-Fi capable devices and dependence upon Wi-Fi has made Wi-Fi a necessity of everyday life. During the past two decades, technological advancements have enabled the industry to provide better user experiences with each Wi-Fi generation, while using a limited amount of unlicensed spectrum.

Every generation of Wi-Fi aims to increase capacity and throughput in dense environments, extend network range, and reduce power consumption to meet user expectations for existing and emerging uses.

Wi-Fi’s strengths of affordable performance, efficient operation in unlicensed spectrum, commitment to security, ease of use, self-deployment and long-term compatibility provide a basis for fulfilling next generation use cases, with both current and future Wi-Fi technology. Explore the inherent strengths and role of Wi-Fi in next generation connectivity.

Wi-Fi Alliance® has created a number of certification programs to support next generation connectivity scenarios, including those requiring high bandwidth and low latency, increased performance through network intelligence, and Internet of Things (IoT) environments where longer range and power efficiency are key. Wi-Fi Alliance is ready to support key next generation connectivity uses though these key programs:

Wi-Fi 6: The newest generation of Wi-Fi connectivity, Wi-Fi 6 is based on IEEE 802.11ax and brings faster speeds than previous technologies in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. Increased range, better performance in environments where many devices compete for bandwidth, and enhanced power efficiency for devices are characteristics of Wi-Fi 6.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WiGig™: Providing multi-gigabit speeds for line-of-sight scenarios in the 60 GHz band, WiGig® enables a host of high bandwidth uses. The potential for applications such as augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) and services such as HD streaming is being realized through WiGig.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Vantage™: Bringing streamlined Wi-Fi connectivity to managed networks in transportation hubs, stadiums, shopping malls, and more enables users to remain connected and productive on the go. Wi-Fi Vantage™ networks combine high performance connectivity, network intelligence, and smoother transitions as users traverse the wider network.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WPA3™: The next generation of Wi-Fi security, WPA3™, provides cutting-edge security protocols. WPA3 simplifies Wi-Fi security, enables more robust authentication, delivers increased cryptographic strength, and maintains resiliency of mission critical networks.

Wi-Fi HaLow™: Wi-Fi HaLow provides the long range and low power needed to support IoT applications such as smart home systems that monitor, protect, and control home environments, and connected wearable devices to help maintain health.

Wi-Fi Alliance News See All
Media Coverage See All
From Wi-Fi to Bluetooth to 5G, All Your Wireless Is About to Change
5G vs. Wi-Fi: How they’re different, and why you’ll need both
Wi-Fi to Retain Connectivity Crown in 5G Era as Wi-Fi 6 Chipset Shipments Break 1 Billion Unit Barrier by 2022
Download Additional Resources