How Wi-Fi Almost Didn’t Happen

How Wi-Fi Almost Didn’t Happen

Illustration: Elena Lacey; Getty Images We all love Wi-Fi, except when we can’t connect. We take for granted being able to find wireless access at home, at the office, in an airplane, traveling the globe, or, if we’re so lucky, floating on the International Space Station. But what if Wi-Fi hadn’t happened? It almost didn’t, at least not in the way we recognize it today. ABOUT Jeff Abramowitz was an author of the original IEEE 802.11 standard, and a founder of the Wi-Fi Alliance and has held executive roles in the Wi-Fi industry for 25 years. His oral history of Wi-Fi is chronicled in the Computer History Museum. He is a Principal at A2Z Partners and is writing a book on the early years of Wi-Fi . Wi-Fi officially launched 20 years ago , on September 15, 1999. You may be imagining a flashy launch event featuring Christina Aguilera (“The wireless genie is out of the bottle!”), or a breathless headline that booted the feared Y2K bug from the front pages. Instead, imagine eight technophiles in an Atlanta Convention Center briefing room waiting to “Superman” their jackets to expose polo shirts bearing the made-up word Wi-Fi before a crowd […]

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