Fifth Generation Wireless

What Does Fifth Generation Wireless Mean?

Fifth generation wireless (5G) is a wireless networking architecture built on the 802.11ac IEEE wireless networking standard, which aims to increase data communication speeds by up to three times compared to its predecessor, 4G (IEEE 802.11n).


5G incorporates the architecture amendments recommended by IEEE 802.11ac and operates in the 5 GHz frequency mode.

Techopedia Explains Fifth Generation Wireless

Fifth generation wireless is primarily designed to enable a superior data communication rate between wireless local area networks (WLAN), reach speeds up to 1.5 GBps and cover a distance of 90 meters – three times more than 802.11n. The large coverage area for 5G is made possible through a technique called beamforming, in which the wireless routers ignore inefficient paths and deliberately neglect to record them in the routing table.


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