Industry White Paper

The History and Future of Wi-Fi

March 25, 2021 by Rohde & Schwarz Download PDF

Infographic Overview

The next generation of all kinds of devices will rely heavily on new iterations of Wi-Fi technology, which will be more powerful, efficient, and complex than ever before. These developments and advancements will enable more connected homes, offices, and factories.

To fully understand where Wi-Fi is headed, it's best to start with its history. Studying a comprehensive timeline of how the technology has unfolded, helps us understand where it's going. Check out this infographic from Rohde & Schwarz for a detailed description of how far Wi-Fi has come in the last three decades, and how previous developments are shaping the future of connected devices.

In this infographic you will learn:

  • Numbering and structuring from the first Wi-Fi 802.11b to the latest 802.11be also known as Wi-Fi 7
  • Technology evolution in terms of bandwidth, spectrum, modulation, and antenna schemes
  • Different Wi-Fi variants for automotive applications (11p, 11be), IoT use cases (11ah, 11af) and couch & desktop networks (11ad, 11ay)

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