The History Of Wi-Fi: “Home Is Where Your Wi-Fi Connects Automatically”

Not a lot of people have something nice to say about telecommunication providers, but when it comes to wireless networking, the success can really be seen.

Wi-Fi is an abbreviation for Wireless Fidelity. A few people know this, but Wi-Fi is actually a very high frequency radio signal, which is why it can travel through the air and allows computers, gaming consoles, iPads, cell phones and the whole family of devices to connect wirelessly. This signal is regulated just like any other radio station would be. The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) sets the communication standards and the Wi-Fi alliance.

Who invented Wi-Fi?

The question who invented the Wi-Fi is something that is asked frequently, but naming a single inventor is difficult. First, one would have to scrutinize the 802.11 radio frequency used for the broadcast of the Wi-Fi signal. Secondly, one would have to look all the electronic equipment that is involved in receiving and sending Wi-Fi signal. Third of all, there are a lot of patents that have to do with Wi-Fi technology.

Vic Hayes is commonly called the “Father of Wi-Fi” because he was the one who chaired the IEEE committee that created 802.11 standards in 1997. Before anyone had heard of Wi-Fi and before it was a common household term for WLAN, Vic Hayes had already established the standards that would make Wi-Fi feasible for the common man.

One patent that is worth mentioning is the one filed by CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) in Australia. This organization is responsible for the chip that goes inside your router and improves the signal quality of Wi-Fi.


Wi-Fi’s ultimate significance lies in the glimpse that it shows us the future of wireless technology. It has already changed the way that our daily lives functions from the office to coming back home.

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By G+ Author: Jacquelyn Tanner.

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