WiGig (Wireless Gigabit) is a Short Range Solution, Not a WiFi Replacement

Reading headlines like this one from Wi-Fi Net News (WNN)

Alliance of Wi-Fi and WiGig Standards in 60 GHz

or this one from the L.A. Times

A faster Wi-Fi format aims to eliminate most wires

might lead you to believe that WiGig (wireless gigabit) is intended to replace our current alphabet soup (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n). But, if you read the

Wireless Gigabit Alliance specifications

and other information about the proposed technology, descriptions like “working at distances beyond 10 meters” (a bit over 33 feet) and illustrations of use cases makes it clear that it is a short range solution for homes or large rooms. This isn’t to say that it couldn’t replace what we thing of as WiFi today. However, it doesn’t appear to be its (WiGig) current intent. Actually, it looks more like a superfast replacement for what some thought Bluetooth might become.



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