IEEE 802.11™, the standard also known as Wi-Fi®, had a big year in 2015 — it celebrated its 25th anniversary. The wireless standard has come a long way since it first originated at an IEEE working group meeting in September 1990. Early Wi-Fi supported data rates were just two megabits per second, whereas the latest standard supports 3,500 times faster data rates, ranging up to seven gigabits per second.

Since celebrating its quarter-century milestone, the IEEE 802.11 working group participants continue to push the limits of the technology, enabling new devices and applications such as the IoT, wearable tech and more.

IEEE is dedicated to fostering technological innovation that advances the engineering profession. Learn more about IEEE Milestones recognized in 2015 and other professional and educational achievements in the 2015 IEEE Annual Report.

Written by IEEE on June 29, 2016