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Funny WiFi names seem to always be good for a laugh, and they tend to pop up when you least expect them. But did you know that Wi-Fi’s origins can be traced back to failed attempts at detecting black holes? Yes, you read that right.
In this list, we’ll dive into 36 funny WiFi names we stumbled upon plus some weird facts about Wi-Fi that will make you appreciate this tech even more (or at least impress your friends with your newfound knowledge). Let’s get started!
“Be careful who you call your (internet) friends.”
3Alexandar Graham Belkin
Probably still on dial-up.
Shocking, we know.
Did you know: The term “Wi-Fi” was coined by a branding company called Interbrand in 1999. The name was chosen because it sounds like “Hi-Fi” (short for “high fidelity”), which suggests high-quality wireless connectivity.
“When I took office, only high energy physicists had ever heard of what is called the Worldwide Web… Now even my cat has its own page.”
Handle with care.
Did you know: The first version of Wi-Fi, called 802.11, was released in 1997. It had a maximum data transfer rate of just 2 Mbps (megabits per second). Today’s Wi-Fi standards, such as 802.11ac and 802.11ax, offer speeds of up to several gigabits per second.
10Franklin Delano Routervelt
“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.”
Did you know: The first commercial product to use Wi-Fi was a cash register system developed by a company called Symbol Technologies in 1991. It used a precursor to Wi-Fi called “infrared data association” (IrDA) to transfer data wirelessly.
“I told you, I don’t want to join your super secret boy band.”
Did you know: The invention of Wi-Fi was partly inspired by a failed attempt to use radio waves to detect black holes in the early 1970s. The research team discovered that the radio waves were bouncing off everything in the room, and realized they could use this “scattering” effect to create a wireless communication system.
The perfect name.
16John Wilkes Bluetooth
I’ll allow it.
Did you know: The first Wi-Fi network was set up at Carnegie Mellon University in 1993. It was called “Wireless Andrew” and allowed students to access the internet from anywhere on campus.
Not to be outdone.
19Ludwig WLAN Beethoven
The WiFi is on, I promise!
Did you know: Wi-Fi signals can pass through walls, but they are absorbed and weakened by metal, water, and other materials. This is why Wi-Fi doesn’t work as well in areas with lots of metal or water, such as elevators or swimming pools.
20Martin Router King
It just works.
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21Obi WAN Kenobi
Funny WiFi names: The possibilities are endless
We hope you enjoyed this list of funny WiFi names as much as we did, and in doing so thought a little more deeply about this unique and invisible technology. Who knew that a failed attempt at detecting black holes would lead to the WiFi we know and love today? We’ll likely never know what would have been.
Do you have a favorite WiFi name that’s not on this list? Share it in the comments below.
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