The Wi-Fi Explosion – Past, Present, and Future

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The story of how Wi-Fi came to be one of our most significant technologies is surprisingly dramatic. Coming out of the fierce techno/political battles at its birth, Wi-Fi exploded into tens of billions of devices around the globe, where today it supports over half of all internet traffic. This presentation will cover the backstory behind the Wi-Fi phenomenon and will look at what the future might bring.


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  • Date: 30 Aug 2023
  • Time: 04:45 PM to 06:30 PM
  • All times are (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
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  • Santa Clara University
  • 500 El Camino Real
  • Santa Clara, California
  • United States 95053
  • Building: SCDI
  • Room Number: SCDI 1301
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  • Co-sponsored by Santa Clara University's IoT Research Lab (SIOTLAB)
  • Starts 16 August 2023 10:00 PM
  • Ends 30 August 2023 04:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
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Greg Ennis


For twenty-five years, until his retirement as Vice President of Technology for the Wi-Fi Alliance, Greg Ennis was at the very center of the Wi-Fi industry. In 1993, Ennis and two co-authors developed the technical proposal that was voted in by the IEEE 802.11 committee as the foundation for the Wi-Fi standard, beating out nine competing proposals from IBM and others. He then served as Chief Technical Editor for that Wi-Fi standard and was awarded by IEEE a “Certificate of Appreciation—in grateful acknowledgment of his outstanding contributions.” In 1999, Ennis and a handful of colleagues founded the Wi-Fi Alliance (“the international network of companies that bring you Wi-Fi”) and from the very beginning, he held that organization’s lead technical position until retiring in 2016. Ennis has been inducted into the Wi-Fi Alliance Hall of Fame. He is the author of “Beyond Everywhere – How Wi-Fi Became the World’s Most Beloved Technology” from Post Hill Press, published in July 2023 and now available on Amazon.