802.11ac increases wifi bandwidth and reception

Latest wifi standard raises the bars!

The latest wireless networking standard to gain widespread adoption with WAP manufacturers is 802.11ac. This standard was in development for 2 years before it was released exactly a year ago in January 2014. Today, most new wireless network access points, adapters, and devices are manufactured to meet or exceed the 802.11ac standard (and even 802.11ad).The wireless standard adds to the concepts described in 802.11n but adds some impressive new features. The two we are excited about are:

Faster, more bandwidth

802.11n 802.11ac
Channel Bandwidth 40 mhz 80 mhz (optional 160 mhz)
Download Speed 0.45 gbps 1.5 gbps (optional 3.5 gbps)


Find out more on how 802.11ac stacks up against 802.11n here.

Better reception

The AP can now stream to multiple devices using multiple antennas, decreasing signal interference. In addition, the multiple antennas enables the router the ability to apply beam forming technology. Beam forming uses at least 2 antennas to create a signal hot-spot where two signal waves overlap. Unlike some conventional access points which rely on omni-directional antennas, the multiple antennas required in the new 802.11ac standard allows the access point the ability to move signal hot-spots to receiving devices in order to increase reception quality.

See how beam forming technology works below:


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