28/12/16 What Does WI-Fi Mean?
The name Wi-Fi, commercially used at least as early as August 1999, was coined by the brand-consulting firm Interbrand. The Wi-Fi Alliance had hired Interbrand to create a name that was “a little catchier than ‘IEEE 802.11b Direct Sequence.’ Phil Belanger, a founding member of the Wi-Fi Alliance who presided over the selection of the name “Wi-Fi,” has stated that Interbrand invented Wi-Fi as a pun upon the word hi-fi
Interbrand also created the Wi-Fi logo. The yin-yang Wi-Fi logo indicates the certification of a product for interoperability.
The Wi-Fi Alliance used the nonsense advertising slogan “The Standard for Wireless Fidelity” for a short time after the brand name was created, leading to the misconception that Wi-Fi was an abbreviation of “Wireless Fidelity.” The name was however never officially “Wireless Fidelity” Nevertheless, the Wi-Fi Alliance was also called the “Wireless Fidelity Alliance Inc” in some publications and the IEEE’s own website has stated “WiFi is a short name for Wireless Fidelity”.
Non-Wi-Fi technologies intended for fixed points, such as Motorola Canopy, are usually described as fixed wireless. Alternative wireless technologies include mobile phone standards, such as 2G, 3G, 4G, and LTE.
The name is often written as WiFi, Wifi, or wifi, but these are not approved by the Wi-Fi Alliance.