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The Evolution of Wi-Fi 7 (IEEE 802.11be EHT) to Wi-Fi 8 (IEEE 802.11bn UHR)

When I posted about Wi-Fi 8 last year, I didn't realise that Wi-Fi was a popular topic on this blog and not only did it make it to the Top 5 posts, the previous post on Wi-Fi 7 made it too, even though it was posted back in the end of 2020.

The paper posted last year has undergone revision and a new version of 'What Will Wi-Fi 8 Be? A Primer on IEEE 802.11bn Ultra High Reliability' is available here. Quoting the abstract: 

What will Wi-Fi 8 be? Driven by the strict requirements of emerging applications, next-generation Wi-Fi is set to prioritize Ultra High Reliability (UHR) above all. In this paper, we explore the journey towards IEEE 802.11bn UHR, the amendment that will form the basis of Wi-Fi 8. We first present new use cases calling for further Wi-Fi evolution and associated standardization, certification, and spectrum allocation efforts. We then introduce a selection of the main disruptive features envisioned for Wi-Fi 8 and their associated research challenges, resulting from the outcome of the UHR Study Group. Among those, we focus on multi access point coordination and demonstrate that it could build upon 802.11be multi-link operation to make UHR a reality in Wi-Fi 8.

Here is a recent video from Giovanni Geraci, the author of the paper on What Will Wi-Fi 8 be?

While I am yet to move to Wi-Fi 6 on all my devices, I am hoping to see a lot more Wi-Fi 7 products in market this year.

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