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802.11ac 'Gigabit Wi-Fi': What you need to know

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#1 Nvyseal

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 03:33 AM

Your 802.11n wireless network and devices are about to become passe. 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.
It's been almost five years since 802.11n wireless routers and devices became available--also well ahead of the specification getting ratified. Now, IEEE is finalizing the 802.11ac standard. 802.11ac is also referred to as "gigabit Wi-Fi" and will be capable of significantly faster data transfer speeds than the current 802.11n.

802.11ac uses wider channels to move more data. 802.11n relies on 40MHz channels. 802.11ac doubles that to 80MHz by default, with an option to use 160MHz channels. Coupled with QAM (check out this Wikipedia reference for a more detailed explanation of QAM) encoding that's four times more efficient than 802.11n, the new Wi-Fi standard will be capable of transferring data at 433Mbps.

Here's what you should know about the next generation Wi-Fi:

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 03:08 AM

i still don't have faith in wi-fi, at least from my experiences at work, as packet drops are too frequent. tried lots of things

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 02:05 AM

I think a lot has to do with the router your using. For years I had problems with wireless. Used a linksys, Airlink, and finally got a d-link wireless n. Boy, what a difference in the way these new routers lock things down, and the wireless n is wonderful and fast. Setup is a lot easier also. It's so nice to move around and not be cabled down. Touchpad, Lumia 900, Two laptops, PS3 and MediaShare are on wireless, and I have the 4 ports being used too.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 03:15 AM

two d-links later, and we give up. i know many have great success with these, but i guess wired is what we have to do.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 03:50 AM

View Postm.oreilly, on 03 May 2012 - 03:15 AM, said:

two d-links later, and we give up. i know many have great success with these, but i guess wired is what we have to do.

Of course, we don't wear tinfoil hats in our area, so maybe that may be the thing that is messing up the wifi for you :giggle:

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 03:33 AM

no, you are thinking of strom. his foil apparel is doing quite well from what i hear




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