Theorized by one of science’s greatest minds Nikola Tesla in 1926, the concept of a realistic “World Wireless System” was born. Describing the possibilities of instantaneous, wireless, digital communication, Tesla essentially put forward a prediction of modern-day smartphones running off of WiFi. Though it would be decades before this vision truly came to life.
While WiFi and the Internet itself that we know today was only popularized in the 1990s, the technology behind it had been in constant development. Unsung visionary and inventor Hedy Lamarr built and patented FHSS technology with the intention of guiding torpedos during wartime undetected, all while the world was mesmerized by her grace on the Hollywood silver screen. Thirty years later Norman Abramson of the University of Hawaii developed ALOHAnet, the first network to use radio communications to allow computers to send and receive data transmissions as soon as it becomes available. By 1999, the term “Wi-Fi” itself was trademarked by the Wi-Fi Alliance, since then growing in speed capabilities 650x.
What’s next for your home WiFi? By 2020, there will be 20 billion IoT devices, all vying for reliable connections and it’s WiFi 6 that will pick up the slack. This infographic details the past developments for our wireless connections and what we can learn from each iteration to help us look forward to more advancements to come.