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Wi-Fi6 Ratification: Not So Fast My Friend

802.11ax, also known by the marketing name of Wi-Fi 6, is here. I mean, we’ve got a shiny new iPhone that supports the technology and the standard is just about to be ratified and all is right and happy in the world. But, my friend Nick Shoemaker is channeling his inner Lee Corso:

As it turns out, there is a big difference between ratifying the standard and what’s actually happened with the Wi-Fi Alliance certifying the standard. The difference is striking enough that this whole thing might not be settled just yet. We’re going to need to pay through the fourth quarter to be sure we have everything ironed out the way we want.

Nick makes some great points here:

Basically the WiFi Alliance is a group of companies, including Apple, Cisco, Intel, Qualcomm, etc. that pay to work together on collaboration within the industry, testing equipment in labs to verify devices function ‘properly’ and advocate for spectrum usage, etc. In other words, a WiFi marketing company on how devices connect and function. But, this makes it a standard right?

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