13 facts you probably didn’t know about Wi-Fi

You’re probably reading this on a device that’s connected to Wi-Fi. Whether it’s a laptop, a phone, a tablet or anything else connected to the internet.

But for something that we all use every single day and spend endless hours searching for codes for, we really don’t know much about it.

Thanks to Apniweb.com  here’s 13 facts you probably didn’t know about Wi-Fi.

1) It isn’t short for Wireless Fidelity

Apparently there’s been a theory going around for years that Wi-Fi stands for wireless fidelity (whatever that means).

But it doesn’t – it’s just something that the internet community came up with.

2) Interbrand corporation came up with Wi-Fi and its logo

Tasked by the Wi-Fi alliance to come up with a name and a savvy logo, Interbrand invented the name and logo we’ve all grown to love today.

It’s definitely better than “IEEE 802.11b Direct Sequence” anyway. What a mouthful.

3) Wi-Fi is a play on words

We bet you can’t guess what those words were. Actually, it makes perfect sense.

Wi-Fi is a play on Hi-Fi and High Fidelity, which explains where the Wireless Fidelity idea came from.

4) Wi-Fi wasn’t the first name for…Wi-Fi

It actually went through a lot of names before it arrived at this point.

WaveLAN, Flankspeed, Dragonfly, WECA and our personal favourite – IEEE 802.11b Direct Sequence. So catchy.

5) Wi-Fi has a really high frequency

Higher than the frequency that comes from your phone or a walkie-talkie.

That’s because it needs to travel faster and carry more data. For those wondering, your modem transmits data at 2.4 GHz or 5GHz.

6) The signals are shaped like food

One of our favourite foods. Donuts. Yum!

7) Your Wi-Fi network is identified through its SSID

 Every network has its own unique SSID. That’s service set identifier.

Each one has a unique 32-character string that separates it from other networks.

8) By 2020, there’ll be how many public Wi-Fi hotspots?!

454 million according to statista.com. If that’s not proof that our lives center around access to Wi-Fi, then we don’t know what is.

9) You’re probably still wondering what that WPS button is

Most routers come with one of these. It’s the Wi-Fi protected setup and it’s used to help create a secure wireless home network.

10) What’s the most important thing to most guests in a hotel?

You may think a complimentary breakfast, or maybe on-site parking. Nope, it’s Wi-Fi.

We just can’t live without it.

11) By the end of the year, there’ll be more Wi-Fi enabled devices than people

It’s predicted that nine BILLION Wi-Fi devices will be on the planet. And this year alone, there will be three BILLION devices shipped.

Madness.

12) Slow Wi-Fi connection?

Well, there’s some very simple tricks to stop that. Turn off and unplug your TV, microwave, bluetooth devices and fluorescent lights.

Basically, have nothing turned on and plugged in except your Wi-Fi.

13) Wi-Fi devices are going to dominate the internet

By 2020, they’ll make up 78% of all internet traffic according to Cisco.

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