802.11ac standard: How did we get here?

The timeline describes the evolution of the 802.11ac standard, commonly known as Wi-Fi, starting with the creation of the Ethernet in 1973.

Wireless technology began developing in the early 1970s and has since become an everyday necessity for both consumer and enterprise. The 802.11 standard, which governs the technology's development, has gone through several facelifts in the 17 years since the specification was first created. Today, unfettered access to data has revolutionized the industrial world, fueling the growth of efficiency, productivity and ultimately revenues for businesses worldwide.

SearchNetworking created this visual timeline that illustrates key events in the evolution of the 802.11 standard. After you review the timeline,  we hope you'll tell us what you think are some of the most significant events in the history of Wi-Fi, and how they affected your operation.

Timeline of 802.11 standard evolution

This was last published in April 2014

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