April 27, 2012

Gigabit WiFi? 802.11ac router makes it possible, starting in May

Megan Geuss, writing for Ars Technica:

“Netgear is poised to be the first networking company with a next-generation router on the market—one that has been shown to reach speeds of up to 1.3 Gbps in the 5 GHz band. The company’s new router is based on the as-yet-unratified 802.11ac standard, which is theoretically three times faster than the preceding 802.11n standard.”

Won't do you much good until your computing equipment supports the same standard, which hasn't yet been ratified. Still, this is a big deal for anyone who wants to stream full-motion, high-definition video between devices without pulling ethernet cable According to Netgear's literature (via 9To5Mac), 802.11ac will support simultaneous high-def streaming.

I'd still rather pull ethernet cable to carry unforgiving data such as video. Thing is, ethernet just plain works. Plug it in and, unless there's a break in the cable, you'll have zero problems. If that's not an option in your home, though, 802.11ac will likely fit the bill.