A new WiFi standard called 802.11ac is set to speed up the wireless systems most of us use on a daily basis
The new standard being brought in by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) will allow data transfer rates up to a huge 1.3Gbps. The fastest wireless we currently have supports up to 150Mbps so the difference is massive.
The speeds you can achieve will vary on some factors for example, how many antenna are on the router or the structure of the building but even in real world application some speed of 800Mbps can still be achieved.
With all this high-speed connectivity there isn’t alot of room to manouver in the current 2.4GHz part of the radio spectrum. This is used currently by most 802.11n WiFi units (some use the 5GHz band), but also many house hold appliances such as baby monitors, microwave ovens and even wireless house phones. So the new 802.11ac standard is being placed within the 5GHz band of the spectrum. This has a lot of free space so there would be minimal interferance between devices.
802.11ac has another trick up it’s sleeve to minimalise interferance too. It can roughly pin point with an antenna, which device it is trying to communicate with. It then will strengthen the signal from that antenna to the device to make sure it gets the best signal possible.
As with previous WiFi standards, the new 802.11ac will be backwards compatible with your older devices. So no need to go on a spending spree to replace things. But to make the most out of the technology, your devices will need a network card that supports 802.11ac.
So if your a heavy gamer, film streamer or just like having the fastest connection. This new piece of technology will definitley be the way to go and it should all be ready this year.