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  • Freakie - Wednesday, June 06, 2012 - link

    *More interested in the QCA9862 for my laptop*

    Nothing quite like cheap upgrades to make old toys do new tricks :)
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  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, June 06, 2012 - link

    Only problem with 802.11ac is that it's 5GHz only, which means really great throughput...as long as you're in the same room as the router. At that point, you could just go Gigabit Ethernet (which is what I do in my office 95% of the time on laptops). Anyway, I'm very interested in seeing the new routers and adapters come out, but I suspect many will be disappointed with range compared to the ubiquitous 2.4GHz solutions. Reply
  • Freakie - Wednesday, June 06, 2012 - link

    If it's a dual band router, it should be able to push both 2.4 and 5GHz though, correct? Or am I missing something and Dual Band routers aren't capable of two frequencies at once?

    Either way, my router is in the same room that I am almost always in while online =P And running an ethernet cable under the carpet isn't exactly my landlord's idea of an authorized modification =P Suppose I could just put it up through the wall and drop it down through the wall where I want it, there is a phone jack right around there that I can take out, just have to cut a length of CAT5 and put some ends on it, should still have at least 100ft left in that spindle... Eh, who am I kidding, what's the point? xP
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  • CoreLogicCom - Wednesday, June 06, 2012 - link

    Dual-band, or dual-radio, APs (and routers) have a 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz band. In the case of 802.11ac, only the 5Ghz will be 802.11ac capable. The 2.4Ghz radio will be provided by a regular 802.11n chipset. Depending on the feature set available to the end user, you can use band steering to force devices capable of 5Ghz to the 5Ghz radio which gives better performance, and frees the 2.4 Ghz radio for legacy devices (and typically less performance). Typically MIMO is effective for both bands, but the real benefit to MIMO is beamforming, but 802.11n spec requires both the AP and client to participate, which most wireless devices don't do (uses more power and battery on the client). So some APs support beamforming without the client but this isn't to 802.11n spec (Cisco does this). Hope this helps. Reply
  • iwod - Wednesday, June 06, 2012 - link

    Absolutely love some of the idiotic decisions. Would also like to see all low end devices missing this as well. Reply
  • amberleebuzzby - Sunday, July 15, 2012 - link

    Great article! We have so much going on in our house; from smartphones to netflix streaming off of our ps3 upstairs, and off of our wii in the playroom; then online gaming in the upstairs bedroom, and at least 2 laptops and one desktop on every night!

    I am looking into wireless routers, and I am looking at a few 11ac routers that were just released.

    I started reading some reviews and they mentioned that these products are not WiFi certified 802.11ac products, since the certification won’t start until early next year. From what I could tell, they are definitely not WiFi Certified.

    I read that this could cause problems with devices that are released after the 11ac certification, so I am thinking of waiting, or getting a 11n router.

    Can anyone tell more about this issue?

    Should I only buy a 802.11ac router that has WiFi Certification?
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  • 0ldman79 - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - link

    Don't.

    802.11ac will not help with your existing laptops, PS3 or Wii.

    I work in the wireless business, 802.11ac is very interesting to me, however, it is still so immature that I haven't even bought any test equipment yet.
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