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How WiFi6 Will Change Everything

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How WiFi6 Will Change Everything

Though the Internet as we have come to know and love didn’t really come into being until the 1990’s – the story of WiFi really starts many decades earlier. Over the course of centuries, there have been very many theorists have thought and even tested ideas like the Internet. While these predictions have mostly come to pass, no one could have predicted the next stage of WiFi, built for IoT.

In 1929 Nikola Tesla came up with the “World Wireless System” and said on the topic “We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly… see and hear one another as though we were face to face… and the instruments through which we shall… a man will be able to carry in his vest pocket.” In 1935, Paul Otlet thought of his “Mundaneum” and said on it “From a distance, everyone will be able to read text… projected on an individual screen. In this way, every one from his armchair will be able to contemplate creation, as a whole or in certain of its parts.” In 1945, Vannevar Bush thought of “Memex” and said on it “Consider a future device…  in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications… mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility… an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory.”

In 1969, Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) was the first working prototype of the Internet, was funded by the United States Department of Defense, and allowed multiple computers to communicate on a network. In 1983, the Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) was created by DARPA scientists Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, grew ARPANET from a single network to a “network of networks”, and was considered the birth of the modern Internet. Finally, the World Wide Web was invented by computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, was a system of accessing online data using websites and hyperlinks, and popularized the Internet among the greater public.

There were also some unexpected beginnings of WiFi. in 1941 Frequency-Hopping Spread-Spectrum (FHSS) Technology was created and patented by Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr, it skipped signals over multiple frequencies in a predetermined pattern, and was intended to guide torpedoes without being detected in WWII. The importance of Lamarr’s invention was not known until decades later – Today used in WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, and more. There were also many wireless networks that were created before WiFi. in 1971 there were Additive Links Online Hawaii Area Network was developed by Norman Abramson at the University of Hawaii. After this development, the evolution of WiFi began to rapidly progress. In 1993, AT&T installed the first large scale wireless network at Carnegie Mellon and in 1999 the WiFi trademark was claimed by trade association the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Over the past 2 decades, WiFi speeds have grown 650 times since its beginning. All four versions of WiFi so far have had their own problems, and the most recent version, WiFi 5, can only handle up to four devices at the same time or else internet speeds slow extremely fast. But WiFi is changing quickly and find more about the next generation of WiFi here.

Brian Wallace is the Founder and President of NowSourcing, an industry leading infographic design agency , based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies that range from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian also runs #LinkedInLocal events nationwide, hosts the Next Action Podcast, and has been named a Google Small Business Advisor for 2016-2018. Follow Brian Wallace on LinkedIn as well as Twitter.

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