Happy 20th Birthday Wi-Fi – You Get Better with Age

2019 is an important milestone in the Wi-Fi industry. It marks twenty years of connecting people and devices together through wireless communications. Happy 20th Birthday Wi-Fi! During the past twenty years, over 30 billion Wi-Fi devices have shipped. Wi-Fi has become a part of our everyday life and is truly ingrained in our culture. When we stop and think about how much our world has changed because of Wi-Fi, it’s almost staggering. Every industry has been transformed by Wi-Fi and has benefited from it in some way. From retail to manufacturing, to healthcare, education, and hospitality, Wi-Fi is at the center of it all. Happy 20th Birthday Wi-Fi


Although the advent of the Internet and online shopping in some cases has hurt brick and mortar store, Wi-Fi has instead enabled retailers to connect with their customers both online and offline.

Through innovative in-store technology and leveraging a customer’s love of their mobile devices, retailers are personalizing the shopping experience to provide better services, communication, and build brand loyalty.

“Having Aerohive in place has been the ultimate game changer for our retail business. Associates can now foster more personal interaction and carry mobile devices for customer service while walking around our showrooms. Customers now receive instant product recommendations and suggestions based on preferences, increasing the closing percentages for sales across our City Furniture stores. Overall, the Aerohive solution has transformed and elevated the way we serve customers and contributed to our bottom line.” —Eric Jensen, Infrastructure Manager, City Furniture


The use of Wi-Fi-based devices in manufacturing has revolutionized logistics. Instead of relying on manual processes, the use of tablets and embedded computers has led to a revolution for process and production. Mission critical isn’t just a buzzword in manufacturing. Without reliable Wi-Fi, entire operations are shut down. With fast and stable Wi-Fi, companies are able to make smarter decisions to drive their businesses forward.

“Simple management, scalability and cost transparency are key conditions for us. Good monitoring abilities and a reliable, flexible network are also required. The Aerohive network amply meets these requirements.” — Dennis Wennekers, Service Delivery Manager, Nabuurs


For healthcare, mission-critical doesn’t even come close to describing the role Wi-Fi is playing for patient care. It can literally be a matter of life and death. Doctors, nurses, and other staff rely on up-to-date information from a host of device types that connect to Wi-Fi (and only Wi-Fi).

“We looked for a Wi-Fi solution that could meet the demands of our patients and residents, as well as carry us into the future to introduce new technologies and solutions for our patients and staff. We are confident Aerohive can continue to partner with us to deliver a secure and efficient wireless network as we implement real-time tracking and VoIP in the near future.” — Bernie Larralde, Vice President of Information Technology, Miami Jewish Health


Hospitality is driven by the customer, and they expect reliable, secure, and fast Wi-Fi access. Kristine Rose, vice president of brands for Hyatt said in a statement recently, “Internet connectivity is no longer an amenity. It has become an integral part of travelers’ daily lives and a basic expectation.”To that point, wireless has become a utility just like electricity that every hotel or resort, big or small, requires today.  

“Aerohive made our management easier and brought a huge differential in terms of results”. – Eloir Cortês, IT executive manager, Blue Tree Hotels Group.


Wi-Fi has certainly been at the heart of a lot of changes in education. Thanks to the rise of mobile devices, tablets, and ultraportable laptops, students are able to connect to resources like never before. Teachers have access to the world’s information, and all of it is running off Wi-Fi.

“Wellington College is one of the most prestigious schools in the United Kingdom, and we are extremely happy to continue our reputation for being on the forefront of technology by implementing the new Aerohive 802.11ax APs in our facility.”  – Tony Whelton, Director, IT Services & Development

Happy 20th Birthday Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi’s inherent strengths and Wi-Fi Alliance’s commitment to interoperability, security, ease of use, and innovation have made Wi-Fi one of the greatest success stories of the technology era. Wi-Fi Alliance has driven the success of Wi-Fi through thought leadership, spectrum advocacy, and global collaboration for twenty years, and is positioned to lead the industry through many more decades of Wi-Fi success.

Click here to download a 20 Years of Wi-Fi Infographic

Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) is the Future

We were the first company to ship an enterprise-grade 802.11ax access point back in 2018. We are very excited about what Wi-Fi 6 will bring to industries that rely on Wi-Fi to operate and serve their customers. Wi-Fi 6 brings enhancements to capacity, and it’s much more efficient than previous generations. With Wi-Fi being the default communication for end-user devices and internet of things (IoT) devices, our reliance is only going to grow. With Aerohive’s HiveManager (An AI-driven network management system with Machine Learning), our customers are going to be well prepared for whatever is thrown at their networks. Twenty years have flown by, and we can’t wait to see what the next 20 will bring!

Happy 20th Birthday Wi-Fi!


Aerohive simplifies and secures your network using a cloud-managed solution with machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities. AI-driven innovation enables customers to discover untapped business insights, allowing them to implement informed decisions based on these predictive analytics, while providing unrivalled flexibility in deployment, management and licensing of cloud-managed wireless, switching, routing and security solutions.

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