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Wi-Fi 6 is Coming: Here's Why You Should Care

The improvements with this latest generation of wi-fi are in two key areas

Get ready for the next generation of wi-fi technology: Wi-fi 6 (for so it is named) is going to be appearing on devices from next year. But will you have to throw out your old router and get a new one? And is this going to make your Netflix run faster? Here’s everything you need to know about the new standard.

A brief history of Wi-Fi

Those of you of a certain age will remember when home internet access was very much wired—only one computer could get online, a single MP3 took half an hour to download and you couldn’t use the landline phone at the same time.

Thank goodness for wi-fi technology then, which gradually became cheap and compact enough to fit inside a router suitable for home use. The first wi-fi protocol appeared in 1997, offering 2Mbit/s link speeds, but it was only with the arrival of 802.11b and 11Mbit/s speeds in 1999 that people seriously started thinking about home wi-fi.

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