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#1 Hum

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 22:46

The latest Wi-Fi technology, called "802.11ac," offers speeds of up to 1.3 Gigabits per second. That's fast enough to transfer an entire high-definition movie to a tablet in under 4 minutes, share photo albums with friends in a matter of seconds or stream three HD videos at the same time. It's more than double the top speed of the previous standard, known as 802.11n.

 Those speeds are theoretical maximums -- very few people have anything close to 1 Gigabit speeds from their home broadband connection. Average speeds are less than 1% of that. But the faster speeds mean the new Wi-Fi standard will offer a much bigger pipeline for all those videos, songs and games that a growing number of people are streaming on multiple devices simultaneously.

The Wi-Fi Alliance, a global organization that ensures the interoperability of Wi-Fi technologies, began certifying so-called "ac" devices Wednesday. It kicked off the certification program by signing off on 19 routers, access points, microchips and smartphones. The shortlist of certified devices includes the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and routers from Cisco and Netgear.

 

The new standard aims to solve those problems. It allows more devices to simultaneously connect to a network without a degradation in performance. It also features lower latency times for streaming music and gaming, where network hiccups and delays can ruin a user's experience. And the latest Wi-Fi standard helps deliver streaming videos more reliably, even when the network is being used by other devices.

 

As an added bonus, 802.11ac requires devices to have support for two bands of airwaves, which will help to reduce interference. And it requires less power consumption from smartphones, tablets and PCs when they're transmitting data.


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Posted 20 June 2013 - 22:51

AC has been around for 2 years, this is an example of the media being technology-ignorant. Just because the AC standard was certified they post about it now.



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 23:06

^ Sometimes you need to read the 'more':

 

Only a handful of Wi-Fi devices feature the new "ac" technology.

 

A new, faster version of Wi-Fi was officially rubber-stamped Wednesday.

Shipments of ac Wi-Fi devices began last year, but they remain very hard to find.



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 23:08

Is it still half duplex and "shared" bandwidth ?



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 23:09

AC has been around for 2 years, this is an example of the media being technology-ignorant. Just because the AC standard was certified they post about it now.

 

I'm going to agree with you here. But since they are now officially certifying devices, maybe USB 3.0 adapters will turn up.



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 23:17

Nothing can beat the CAT cable.



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 23:29

Nothing can beat the CAT cable.

Teamed gigabit Ethernet = win



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 23:31

Teamed gigabit Ethernet = win

 

(Y) I retrack what I said, I guess fibre can beat it :p



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 23:39

^ Sometimes you need to read the 'more':

 

Only a handful of Wi-Fi devices feature the new "ac" technology.

 

A new, faster version of Wi-Fi was officially rubber-stamped Wednesday.

Shipments of ac Wi-Fi devices began last year, but they remain very hard to find.

 

If you consider going on Amazon.com and typing in "Wireless AC Adapter" "hard to find" then ok,

 

The ONLY thing that changed Wednesday was the fact that they signed off on the final spec..



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 23:43

I own the Netgear R6300 A/C router featured on top of the article, owned it for close to a year already, loving it so far.



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 03:16

Before long my wifi is going to be faster than my broadband. :D



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 06:31

So many Wi-Fi networks in my area are still on either "b" or "g." I'm still the only one on my block with a "n" connection.



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 06:41

You can consider yourself lucky if you get actual throughput close to 100 MB/s. :p Wireless N was a BIG disappointment.



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 06:55

They mention Galaxy Note 2. Does that mean my Note 2 already has Wireless AC chip in it and Samsung were waiting for certification? Will it be enabled in a software update?? Questions questions questions. ..



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 07:01

How fast a speed can one achieve with Cat7 cables?

(might be worth looking into once this becomes mainstream if it's faster)

<though I like cabled connections, no risk of wifi dropouts>





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