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edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Wi-Fi:

Here are some tasks awaiting attention:
  • Add a section called "Operation" or some such, describing how Wi-Fi works, possibly to the 802.11 page instead Jeh (talk) 19:26, 24 December 2011 (UTC)
  • Refactor content between this and the 802.11 page. Arguably, 802.11 is the underlying mechanism while Wi Fi is just a licensed trademark and the name of an industry organization. Jeh (talk) 19:26, 24 December 2011 (UTC)


  1. ^ Kobo manual

If not fidelity[edit]

Then what is Fi short for?

This article says it standing for "wireless fidelity" is a misconception, but it states earlier that it is a play on the term HiFi which is short for "high fidelity" so it does not sound wrong at all to say it stands for fidelity. (talk) 17:01, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

I think it does not stand for anything. It is a "nonsense" moniker conjured up for sole purpose of creating a "catchy" slogan for this new technology product. --Guyver (talk) 08:49, 11 November 2015 (UTC)
I suspect it originally did stand for "fidelity", but was dropped for trademark reasons; just look at the term light fidelity (Li-Fi), which adapts pretty much the same technology to a different part of the spectrum. The term makes perfect sense too - signal fidelity is an important concept in networking (a 50% retransmission rate will cut your speed by more than half), and 802.11 was the first standard that was able to achieve an acceptable level of it in wireless LAN. -Mojace (talk) 11:26, 18 May 2016 (UTC)
Quoting one of the sources ("Securing Wi-Fi Wireless Networks with Today’s Technologies") given as evidence for the misconception: "The association created the Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) logo". Clearly that is what Fi stood for, and the article should be corrected OrangeDog (τ • ε) 16:50, 7 June 2016 (UTC)
Quoting one of the other sources, " there are only two documents in the Wi-Fi Alliance online knowledge base that use it. They are press releases from the spring and summer of 2000, historical documents that preserve a regrettable phase, much like the photos that preserve our most unfortunate hairstyles or wardrobe choices long after we've moved on." The document you reference, OrangeDog, is another example; but it is simply an updated version of one of the earlier ones. It is evidence that some in the organization once thought to call it "Wireless Fidelity", but the non-preponderance of use of the term at the Wi-Fi Alliance knowledge base is clearly evidence that that was considered a bad idea, and dropped. As it has been dropped here at WP. Jeh (talk) 09:39, 26 January 2017 (UTC)

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Good to note[edit]


A user has removed "Wireless Fidelity" expansion for Wi-Fi. Perhaps the explanation is offered here :

However, "Wi-Fi" is not short for "Wireless Fidelity," but is simply a name chosen by the Wi-Fi Alliance.

--Muzammil (talk) 19:23, 17 February 2016 (UTC)

ipa?[edit] (talk) 13:22, 20 May 2016 (UTC)

EEG and children?[edit]

What about this? Important? debunked? Worth noting on the the page? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:02, 30 November 2016 (UTC)