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What is WiFi?

WiFi, also unofficially known as wireless fidelity, is a wireless technology brand owned by the WiFi Alliance. WiFi is intended to improve the interoperability of wireless local area network products based on the IEEE 802.11 standards.

802.11 x Standards

802.11 Standard Year Released Maximum WiFi Speed Notes
802.11 a 1999 54 Mbps found mainly in older devices; these devices cannot support speeds of 75 Mbps and above
802.11 b 1999 11 Mbps found mainly in older devices; these devices cannot support speeds above Lite Internet
802.11 g 2003 54 Mbps found mainly in older devices; these devices cannot support speeds of 75 Mbps and above
802.11 n 2009 300 Mbps found in many tablets and smart phones; these devices can support speeds up to 300 Mbps
802.11 ac 2013 866 Mbps found in newer tablets, smart phones, and some other wireless devices; these devices can support speeds up to 300 Mbps

Common applications for WiFi include Internet and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) phone access, gaming, and network connectivity for consumer electronics such as televisions, DVD players, and digital cameras.

WiFi is offered as part of Home Networking, which enables multiple computers or computer devices in your home to access the Internet at the same time using a wireless connection.

Internet customers can use WiFi HotSpots to access a wireless network free of charge. See Where are WiFi HotSpots located?

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