1. Marketing abbreviation for ‘wireless fidelity’. Intended to convey a message of performance, quality and excellence by extrapolating concepts from ìhigh fidelityî.
Of course, wi-fi is nothing of the sort. Using IEEE802.11b, there is not enough bandwidth to do much, and the radio spectrum is so hopelessly compromised and overloaded its surprising anything works.
Naturally, that never stopped us from finding ways to make it work just enough so that we make lots of money from selling it. Governments around the world can’t agree on a replacement spectrum, and the vendors can’t agree on new standards such as 802.11n so it’s going to be busted for years to come. BRILLIANT