802.11ax is the newest and will be the 6th generation of Wi-Fi standard approved by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers or IEEE.
IEEE 802.11ax will enhance the existing 802.11a/g/n/ac. This new standard builds on the strengths of 802.11ac or the 5th generation Wi-Fi standard. Furthermore, it will be featuring flexibility and scalability. Letting new and existing networks power next generation applications.
IEEE 802.11ax also pairs up the freedom and speed of gigabit wireless. Providing the benefits of predictability found in licensed radio (LTE).
Due to the complexity of the naming scheme, the Wi-Fi Alliance, a non-profit organization certifying Wi-Fi products, has also approved of a newer and simpler naming scheme. For the 802.11ax, it will now be called “Wi-Fi 6” where the number 6 denotes its generation. Therefore, 802.11ac will be called “Wi-Fi 5”.
IEEE 802.11ax or Wi-Fi 6 will provide better performance in terms of capacity, coverage, and even in dense environments. The 802.11ax standard will also enable lower battery consumption in supporting devices.
Key benefits of 802.11ax/Wi-Fi 6:
Higher data rates
Good performance in dense environments
Improved power efficiency
When will devices supporting 802.11ax or Wi-Fi 6 be available?
As per the trend goes. The implementation of 802.11ax will start with routers that are slowly becoming available now as of this writing. Devices that will be supporting the 802.11ax standard such as smartphones and laptops will slowly become available around 3rd quarter of 2019.