There’s a rush to “smarten” previously dumb appliances. In the smart home, we already see smart speakers, TVs, heating and A/C, security systems, video doorbells, and exercise machines. Where will it end? Probably a lot sooner than we think if we continue to depend on classic Wi-Fi, commonly 802.11n or 802.11ac. You may have had this experience: you stream a movie to the TV while your spouse is on the smart bike, the kids are browsing their phones or streaming another movie, and you want to turn down the A/C. Response slows to a crawl—not exactly what we pictured as our ideal smart home. The next generation of Wi-Fi, 802.11ax, will get us back on track, at least for those devices ready to support the standard.
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