Wi-Fi definitely seems the future of wireless Internet technology. Going by the number of users who are climbing onto the Wi-Fi way of accessing the Internet, the answer is definitely “Yes, the future seems going the Wi-Fi way.”
Wi-Fi has already crossed over a billion devices. Wi-Fi devices are being lapped up with glee by corporate and homes alike. All these trends suggest that Wi-Fi is being touted as a successful internet technology.
Wi-Fi is now even more potent with the introduction of 802.11. This is an Internet standard. 802.11 specify how devices communicate over a wireless local area network (WLAN). Coming in the range of 2.4 to 5 GHz frequency bands, it describes the protocols to be used in WLAN communications.
The next Internet standard that will bring phenomenal speed to Wi-Fi networks is the introduction of 802.11ac specification. It is set to be in draft stage by 2011. The new technology will work to provide faster and larger data transmissions through use of larger frequency bands starting from forty MHz to eighty MHz.
It’s almost like increasing the girth of the water pipe that supplies water to your facility. The more the girth, the more water will come in, and be pumped out. This new wireless networking Internet standard is in specifications stage, and will require a lot of years of development, followed by quality assurance testing.
But a point to be noted is that, although more Internet data will flow in and out, not much will be changed to increase Internet speeds. Internet speeds will depend on the up-gradations of fiber optic technologies and the likes. So it’s like saying that you have increased the width of your water pipe, but the speed of water transmission remains a little unchanged here and there.
Wi-Fi will always remain in the reckoning over the next years with more standards and specifications coming in. It will emerge as the hottest wireless internet technology in the next several decades.