Since you can't buy a notebook, Blu-ray player, or smart TV with 802.11ac capabilities today, you'll also need to purchase an 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter to realize the throughput speeds the standard promises. To that end, Netgear also announced the A6200 USB Wi-Fi adapter ($80). The A6200, however, won't be capable of performing at the highest levels the 802.11ac standard boasts. Netgear tells us it will be capable of speeds up to 867 Mb/s when connected to an 802.11ac radio, and 300 Mb/s when connected to a 2.4GHz 802.11n radio.
To get maximum 802.11ac performance--and to support up to four wired clients in one location--Netgear recommends purchasing a matching router and configuring it as an 802.11ac wireless bridge.
The 5GHz freqency band is much less crowded than the 2.4GHz band, but it also delivers much less range. When we asked a Netgear spokesperson about this issue, he said that while the 802.11ac radio they're using isn't any more powerful than the typical 5GHz 802.11n radio, the Broadcom chipset Netgear using is much more sensitive to incoming signals. This would enable the router to deliver better range because its receiver will pick up signals over longer distances, according to the spokesperson.