“Wi-Fi Doesn’t Stand For Anything. It Is Not An Acronym. There Is No Meaning.”

Let’s start 2016 with a blog post that will surely get some of you thinking. As a professional who focuses on Wi-Fi communication I’m asked from time to time what does Wi-Fi mean?

The conversation usually goes something like this: What does Wi-Fi stand for? Is Wi-Fi an acronym for something? Who came up with the term Wi-Fi? Who owns the name Wi-Fi? Is it WiFi or Wi-Fi?” When I respond that Wi-Fi is a made up word I get the stare, usually followed by, “really?”


I think the biggest misunderstanding or assumption is many folks think Wi-Fi means “Wireless Fidelity”. This is almost always the response I get when I ask, “what do you think it means?”

Another point of interest is the proper term is Wi-Fi with the hyphen. While many of us, myself included, use the term WiFi that would not be the correct registered trademark. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. Here is a link to their brands.

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  1. February 8, 2016 at 6:41 am — Reply

    These days I was applying for a Wi-Fi test on and “what does Wi-Fi stands for” was one of the questions, but “nothing” was not an option. Sad but true.

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