The extraordinary growth in the number and type of Wi-Fi devices, coupled with the increasing popularity of bandwidth intensive activities such as high definition video streaming, has created the demand for better wireless network performance with greater reach. Netgear is supposed to be the first networking company with a next-generation router, promising to deliver higher speed than IEEE 802.11n, in the market. With the IEEE 802.11ac standard router, it dramatically leaps forward in the speed, reliability, and quality of wireless communications.
IEEE 802.11ac is a wireless computer networking standard of 802.11 which is currently under development. By providing wider frequency bands, 802.11ac doubles the capacity of traffic that can be processed; multiple antennas increase the reach and the quality of reception at further distances.IEEE 802.11ac standard enables multi-station WLAN throughput of at least 1 Gbps.
The router R6300, runs on a WiFi chip and uses a number of new techniques to achieve gigabit wireless speeds. The new router can combine its channels to access up to 80 MHz of bandwidth at once, and rather than transmitting data indiscriminately, R6300 uses “beam forming” to maximize signal strength. The highest achieved speed is 1.3 Gbps, three times faster than the IEEE 802.11n devices.
Key Advantages of 802.11ac
|Gigabit Speeds||3 times the speed of 802.11n|
|Better Range||Whole home coverage with fewer dead spots|
|Mobile Reliable||Ideal for media streaming|
|Ideal for mobile||More Wi-Fi bandwidth on your mobile devices|
|Compatibility||Backward compatible with 802.11 a and n at 5 GHz band|
Netgear will start shipping a consumer 802.11ac router in May, at the initial price of US$199.99.