Five things you don’t know about Wi-Fi

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The COVID-19 pandemic has made us realize that we tend to take the simplest things for granted. And, this lockdown has caused everything to go digital also connecting with people online but, it has caused threat to once personal information but, with this popular IP address guide you can shove your worries regarding away! Wi-Fi to be one of the saviors for all of us in this lockdown life as we can use it for different kinds of entertainment, a necessity for the work from home employees, a teaching source for schools, and a tool for people to enhance their creativity. Hence, having Wi-Fi at home is the new normal, but I’m sure you didn’t know a lot about this quarantine savior of yours. 

Wi-Fi went through a series of Nomenclature.

For those millennials who think their childhood would have been different if they had the Wi-Fi password will be startled to know that it was there around them. When first invented in Hawaii, in 1971, it was called ALOHA.net, and then it went through a series of changes with the names called WaveLAN, Flank Speed, DragonFly, WECA, and IEEE 802.11B. Can you imagine asking your friend for his Dragonfly’s password? 

In 1999 a group from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers realized that IEEE 802.11 was extremely geeky, where 802.11 is just a protocol of sending information without interruption of cables. Hence they used help from a brand consulting firm called Interbrand Corporation, to coin a new term known as ‘Wi-Fi.’

The Full form of Wi-Fi

Several quizmasters will play with your mind when asking the full form of Wi-Fi, and you will go with that option called wireless fidelity with 100% surety. Unfortunately, you are mistaken because there is no standardized meaning to the term. This confusion arose because Wi-Fi Alliance used it as a slogan for their product, “The Standard for Wireless Fidelity.” So next time, be sure to choose the option None of the above for the full form of Wi-Fi. 

IoT and Wi-Fi are not a match made in heaven.

Smart homes are being popularised now, with the numbers reaching 150 million as they make our lives more straightforward with the major applications of IoT. IoT is a system of connecting all the things in the world to the internet. Some examples where Wi-Fi and IoT compatibility wins are for in house energy management or surveillance of home appliances. Using this compatibility is not always the preferred option because it has limitations in both energy and efficiency. 

Wi-Fi is suitable for IoT applications that don’t drain power as they are connected to an outlet and don’t need a higher range. The best example would be an optimized home security system. Therefore better connectivity options are preferred like Bluetooth, Cellular IoT, or Low power extensive area network. 

To meet this demand, Wi-Fi standards have been developed to increase the compatibility with IoT like Wi-Fi HaLow (802.11ah) and HEW (802.11ax). 

Wi-Fi performance drops if there are wireless devices around it.

Do you ever wonder why the performance of your Wi-Fi drops when you are heating your leftover pizza or talking to a friend over the phone?

It uses radio waves made up of electromagnetic radiation that includes gamma rays, x-ray, ultraviolet, visible light, infrared, microwaves to send signals. Therefore it is bound to face interference with devices around like microwave, Bluetooth, water, and mobile. Microwave produces about 1,000 watts, which is 10,000 times higher than Wi-Fi signals that tend to cause interference in your usage. If you want to be alone in your room and need an excuse to ask your sibling to go out, tell them they are causing interference in the Wi-Fi signal because our bodies are made of 75% water. 

Wi-Fi is safer than your smartphone.

The next time your parents complain that using Wi-Fi will cause a health hazard for you, there is a counterpoint that you can put forward. There is no scientific evidence to prove this misconception. Wi-Fi signals are much safer to work with than mobile signals. It is estimated that you get a higher dose of microwaves from a 20-minute phone call than a year’s usage of Wi-Fi. 

So, I hope you won’t forget these exciting facts and win the Wi-Fi trivia anytime it is thrown at you. An additional analogy that will be informed to you is that the internet is a language, and Wi-Fi is the signal that sends this language to our devices for efficient usage. Wi-Fi has become an integral part of our lives, and it will take a long time to enter the mature stage of the product life cycle because it will undergo constant evolution in collaboration with other key features. In the coming years, it will play a prominent role in our lives because an internet-dependent world will rule us. 

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