One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A facility allowing computers, smartphones, or other devices to connect to the Internet or communicate with one another wirelessly within a particular area.
- ‘Unlike the PowerBooks, they do not ship with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth as standard.’
- ‘If you haven't yet installed a Wi-Fi network in your home, let me tell you that you have no idea what you're missing.’
- ‘Add Wi-Fi, standard now on most new laptops, and your home office can be anywhere.’
- ‘While Wi-Fi is becoming a standard feature on notebooks, network coverage is anything but ubiquitous.’
- ‘It will also deploy a Wi-Fi network to keep assorted hacks and photographers in touch.’
1990s: from wireless + an apparently arbitrary second element, after hi-fi; sometimes incorrectly interpreted as a shortening of Wireless Fidelity.
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