WiFi Technology Invented in Australia
The 802.11 technology behind WiFi was invented in 1996 by Australian scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Canberra.
The original patents behind 802.11 Wi-Fi technology were filed in 1996 by the CSIRO. The patents have been the subject of protracted and ongoing legal battles between the CSIRO and major IT corporations over the non-payment of royalties. In 2009 the CSIRO reached a settlement with 14 companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Dell, Toshiba, ASUS, Microsoft and Nintendo, on the condition that the CSIRO did not broadcast the resolution.
Wi-Fi is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance for certified products based on the IEEE 802.11 standards.
A Wi-Fi enabled device such as a PC, video game console, mobile phone, MP3 player or PDA can connect to the Internet when within range of a wireless network connected to the Internet. The coverage of one or more interconnected access points - called a hotspot - can comprise an area as small as a single room with wireless-opaque walls or as large as many square miles covered by overlapping access points.
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