8 ways Wi-Fi will change in 3-5 years

What's next in Wi-Fi

What are the real changes you can expect in the Wi-Fi exerperience for the next 3-5 years?

My story on 8 ways Wi-Fi will be different is online.

I focused on likely developments related to silicon, to implementations of some IEEE standards in progress, and to some initiatives by the Wi-Fi Alliance. 

I didn't include the two IEEE Gigabit Wi-Fi projects because I don't think they'll bear commercial fruit in that time frame.

Chipmakers will be implementing more of what are currently optional elements of the 802.11n standard, so signals will be more consistent, cleaner, stronger, and throughput will continue to improve at any given distance.

More intelligence will find it's way into the client radio, and there'll be a lot more built-in cooperation with the Wi-Fi access point/infrastructure. And THAT will mean that Wi-Fi gets much closer to actually being a utility service that's as reliable as electricity.

With ultra-lowpower and lower cost chips, Wi-Fi including 11n will be embedded in many more devices, and swarms of sensors. And it will be a lot more effective as personal area network, interconnecting your personal devices, as well as peering them with devices of other users or with resources such as a wireless projector or HD TV screen.

Wi-Fi today is still something you find when you go somewhere (or with a Wi-Fi PAN that in a sense you carry with you. It's not yet quite a mobile service in the same way cellular voice/data is. But mobile Wi-Fi will get better in the 3-5 year timeframe, also, more easily and effectively used in areas of Wi-Fi coverage.

That's my take, anyway.

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