• What's next for Wi-Fi? A second wave of 802.11ac devices, and then: 802.11ax

    Posted July 7, 2014 - 1:54 pm

    While you consider which 802.11ac router to buy, the industry is working hard to render it obsolete.
  • What to expect from 11ac's next big deal: multiuser MIMO

    Posted July 7, 2014 - 12:56 pm

    Later this year, with "Wave 2" of the standard, a feature called multiuser MIMO will boost network efficiency.
  • Qualcomm looking to grab WiGig maker Wilocity

    Posted May 13, 2014 - 2:05 am

    Move would put Qualcomm at the front of the 802.11ad race, which hasn't even started yet.
  • Apple shop maxes out Airport access points, upgrades to 802.11ac

    Posted February 19, 2014 - 1:01 pm

    Growing mobility at Rock Paper Scissors required wall-to-wall coverage, and lots of bandwidth.
  • Gigabit Wi-Fi case study: Erickson Living upgrades to 802.11ac

    Posted February 10, 2014 - 2:58 pm

    Erickson Living, a company that manages 16 Continuing Care Retirement Communities in nine states, faces a unique challenge when it comes to installed a wireless network – each retirement community has common areas where residents share available bandwidth, but there are also individual residential units where end users have their personal phone and Internet connections.
  • Qualcomm boosts Wi-Fi performance for maximum 11ac throughput

    Posted November 22, 2013 - 3:09 pm

    Tests show early 802.11ac products don't reach their full bandwidth due to the weak processors. So Qualcomm is giving the home router CPU a boost.
  • 802.11ac 'gigabit Wi-Fi' starts to show potential, limits

    Posted October 7, 2013 - 3:53 pm

    Vendor tests and very early 802.11ac customers provide a reality check on "gigabit Wi-Fi" but also confirm much of its promise.
  • 802.11ac 'gigabit Wi-Fi' starts to show potential, limits

    Posted October 7, 2013 - 1:43 pm

    Vendor tests and very early 802.11ac customers provide a reality check on "gigabit Wi-Fi" but also confirm much of its promise.
  • Your best 'Gigabit Wi-Fi' resources

    Posted October 7, 2013 - 12:54 pm

    "Gigabit" Wi-Fi has reached a point where it's now being deployed by some early adopters. There are more 802.11ac resources – test data, anecdotal observations, hands-on experience – and more products than ever before.
  • Review

    Super-fast Wi-Fi: Cisco, Ubiquiti access points top out at nearly 400Mbps

    Posted September 16, 2013 - 11:54 am

    First wave of 802.11ac access points for the enterprise deliver speed, management features.
  • Faster Wi-Fi deployed with launch of iPad program at prep school

    Posted July 16, 2013 - 12:33 pm

    The emergence of faster Wi-Fi on the 802.11ac standard has been a big hit with schools and universities that have struggled with slower networks because of the enormous influx of data-sucking smartphones, tablets and laptops used by students.
  • Apple's 802.11ac Wi-Fi problems: They're for real

    Posted June 27, 2013 - 10:58 am

    The new MacBook Air, which is outfitted with an 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter, is radically slower when it comes to transferring real-world files over a wireless connection.
  • With faster 5G Wi-Fi coming, Wi-Fi Alliance kicks off certification program

    Posted June 19, 2013 - 4:02 pm

    The Wi-Fi Alliance unveiled a certification program for 802.11ac Wi-Fi (also known as 5G Wi-Fi) designed to make sure devices using the wireless technology interoperate with older hardware.
  • How 802.11ac networking boosts the MacBook Air's Wi-Fi performance

    Posted June 17, 2013 - 12:49 pm

    One exciting aspect of the new MacBook Air release is the prospect of greater Wi-Fi speed and performance. That's because Apple's updated laptop sports built-in compatibility with the newest draft networking standard, 802.11ac, an upgrade of the current 802.11n. That draft standard (established by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is also built into Apple's newly released AirPort Extreme Base Station and AirPort Time Capsule hard drive. The new MacBook Airs are among a handful of laptops with internal 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapters shipping to date.
  • Aruba Networks latest to unveil 802.11ac access points

    Posted May 21, 2013 - 3:56 pm

    Aruba Networks became the latest company to announce Wi-Fi access points that can support over 1Gbps throughput, at the cellular industry's CTIA show in Las Vegas this week.
  • Fast 11ac adoption seen for smartphones

    Posted October 18, 2012 - 2:37 pm

    "Super" Wi-Fi will be available on seven of 10 smartphones in 2015, according to a market analysis by ABI Research. And they'll have more advanced Bluetooth radios and near-field communications (NFC) as well.
  • Interop: Don't sweat 802.11ac Wi-Fi - because 802.11ad will knock your socks off

    Posted October 3, 2012 - 7:09 pm

    While the Wi-Fi world is rightly abuzz over the rapidly approaching large-scale deployment of the new 802.11ac standard, experts at an Interop NY panel said today that the 802.11ad standard is likely to be even more transformative.
  • Resources for 802.11ac 'Gigabit' Wi-Fi

    Posted September 24, 2012 - 8:20 am

    There's a ton of information out there on 802.11ac, and at least two tons of opinions. Here's a sample from Network World and other sources. Feel free to jump into comments and share links to stories, blog posts, backgrounders, videos and the like that you've found helpful in getting a grip on "Gigabit" Wi-Fi.
  • Review

    Who makes the best 802.11ac router? We review the only 5 models available today

    Posted September 12, 2012 - 11:48 am

    It's a tricky time to be in the market for a new wireless router. The safe bet is buy a model based on the tried-and-true, rock-solid 802.11n standard--and I recommend that you adopt that course if you're looking for a new router for your small business. Consumers, on the other hand, may fall in love with the blistering speed and phenomenal range that routers based on the second draft of the 802.11ac standard deliver.
  • Cisco adds 802.11ac, cloud features to new home router

    Posted June 26, 2012 - 11:02 am

    Cisco's Linksys brand of home wireless networking routers today joined other vendors in coming out with 802.11ac equipment, as well as enabling a cloud-based platform for configuration and control of its "Smart Wi-Fi Routers."
  • 11ac chip with NFC, Bluetooth unveiled by Marvell

    Posted June 6, 2012 - 1:39 pm

    The next generation of Wi-Fi -- the superfast IEEE 802.11ac standard -- will integrate a range of wireless technologies on the same chip, as Marvell showed this week at Taiwan's giant annual Computex show. The semiconductor vendor announced a chip that will include 11ac with Bluetooth and near-field communications (NFC).
  • Netgear adds to its 802.11ac lineup

    Posted May 17, 2012 - 2:18 pm

    Netgear's first 802.11ac router, the R6300, will go on sale next week for $200, the company announced at a news conference yesterday. Touting the benefits of the next-gen Wi-Fi standard, the company also announced two more 802.11ac products: a lower-end router and a USB adapter for notebooks, both due this summer.
  • 802.11ac 'Gigabit Wi-Fi': What you need to know

    Posted April 29, 2012 - 7:40 am

    Your 802.11n wireless network and devices are about to become passé. Although the official 802.11ac specification won't be finalized until sometime in 2013, wireless equipment will soon appear on store shelves sporting the faster wireless protocol.
  • Beamforming: 802.11ac promises great Wi-Fi enhancements, but you can get a jump today

    Posted February 28, 2012 - 12:35 pm

    During the past year, various members of the wireless ecosystem -- from industry advocacy groups to standards bodies to suppliers -- have been working tirelessly on new standards that will define Wi-Fi for the better part of the next decade. Now, with nearly unanimous buy-in to both 11ac and the 60GHz standard, the industry is well on its way to a quantum leap in Wi-Fi performance.
  • The good, bad and ugly of 802.11ac

    Posted February 13, 2012 - 3:28 pm

    Imagine a world where family members can stream their favorite HD content to different rooms, all while your teenage son uploads his latest HD video "project" to YouTube. Well, with new wireless LAN technology based on 802.11ac quickly approaching -- possibly in one or two years -- this digital home network paradise could become a reality.

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