802.11ac

The Wi-Fi router market has seen a yearly cadence of flagship releases since the first 802.11ac routers came into the market in early 2012. Starting with 3x3 solutions, the market moved on to 4x4 and MU-MIMO-enabled Wave 2 solutions. We also saw Broadcom taking the lead with a dual 5 GHz radio solution (that has now been adopted by Qualcomm Atheros also). Many networking equipment vendors introduced solutions based on this. The recent mesh networking craze is also an offshoot of this dual radio solution - a dedicated 'invisible' channel is used to link the satellite to the main router (a discussion for another day). At CES earlier this year, the TP-Link Talon announcement indicated that tri-band Wi-Fi was getting traction in the market...

IFA 2016: Qualcomm Announces VR820 Reference Platform, QCA9379

Following up the announcement of details on the Snapdragon 821, Qualcomm is also announcing a dedicated standalone VR HMD running Snapdragon 820 as a reference design which was designed...

3 by Joshua Ho on 9/1/2016

ASUS Unveils PCE-AC88 4x4 Wi-Fi Card with 2167 Mbps Bandwidth

ASUS has introduced its flagship dual-band AC3100 wireless PCIe x1 adapter with four antennas and a maximum supported throughput of 2167 Mbps (270 MB/s). The card is powered by...

26 by Anton Shilov on 5/11/2016

TRENDnet Announces AC2600 Router and AC1900 USB 3.0 WLAN Adapter at CES

TRENDnet's CES suite had plenty of networking equipment ranging from outdoor long-range access points to industrial switches. It made clear that TRENDnet is focusing more on SMB, particularly in...

16 by Ganesh T S on 1/15/2016

Netgear Updates Networking Lineup at CES

Netgear's flagship router - the Nighthawk X8 (R8500) - was launched in October. At CES, Netgear took the opportunity to upgrade the Nighthawk X4 line. Interestingly, the original X4...

6 by Ganesh T S on 1/10/2016

Linksys Expands Max-Stream Networking Lineup at CES

Linksys was one of the first vendors to jump on to the MU-MIMO bandwagon last year with the launch of the EA8500 AC2400-class 802.11ac router. The Max-Stream branding is...

1 by Ganesh T S on 1/10/2016

Synology Demonstrates RT1900ac 802.11ac Router at CES

Synology had organized the Synology 2016 Conference back in September 2015 to talk about their plans for the next couple of quarters. We had covered it in great detail...

16 by Ganesh T S on 1/10/2016

Netgear Nighthawk X8 R8500 AC5300 Router Brings Link Aggregation Mainstream

The average consumer equipment's wired ports have been stuck at 1 Gbps for quite some time. On the other hand, 802.11ac enables router manufacturers to market multi-gigabit Wi-Fi. Power...

66 by Ganesh T S on 12/31/2015

Netgear Nighthawk X8 (R8500) Wave 2 802.11ac Router Set to Ship

Broadcom's XStream platform has enjoyed quite a bit of success in the Wi-Fi router market despite its high cost. The first generation XStream platform used a 3x3 configuration for...

29 by Ganesh T S on 10/1/2015

Asus RT-AC5300U 802.11ac Router - 4x4 MU-MIMO with Broadcom XStream

Asus announced the RT-AC5300U 802.11ac router using Broadcom's tri-band Wi-Fi chipset at IFA 2015 today. This is meant to be a flagship router with AC5300 speeds (1000 Mbps on...

40 by Ganesh T S on 9/2/2015

Google Announces The OnHub WiFi Router

Today Google announced that they are moving into the WiFi router market. The new router is produced through a partnership with TP-Link and it's called OnHub. Google is marketing...

32 by Brandon Chester on 8/18/2015

Linksys EA8500 - First MU-MIMO Enabled 802.11ac Router Set to Ship

Readers following our wireless networking coverage must be quite familiar with the developments in 802.11ac land. As a recap: The first 3-stream 802.11ac routers (based on the Broadcom BCM4706 chipset...

83 by Ganesh T S on 5/7/2015

ASRock to Debut mini-ITX Haswell-E at CeBIT: X99E-ITX/ac with USB 3.1

I always love to see interesting deviations to the norm when it comes to motherboards, and something such as a mini-ITX based extreme system has been at the top...

55 by Ian Cutress on 3/13/2015

Quantenna Maintains 802.11ac Technology Lead as Broadcom and Marvell Launch New Chipsets

Quantenna was the first to bring a 4x4 MU-MIMO 802.11ac chipset to the market (with the Asus RT-AC87U and the Netgear Nighthawk X4 R7500). It has a number of...

7 by Ganesh T S on 1/11/2015

802.11ac with Killer: MSI’s Teaming Technique coming to ACK Branded Motherboards

One of the many interesting ways in which motherboard companies diversify their product ranges is with networking opportunities. In most product stacks, manufacturers use Realtek and Intel network ports...

12 by Ian Cutress on 11/4/2014

MSI’s Next Haswell-E Teaser: X99S Gaming 9 AC

The increase in leaks and teasers regarding X99 makes for some compelling reading. Shortly after showing off their X99S SLI PLUS on Facebook, a couple of Gaming 9 AC...

22 by Ian Cutress on 8/7/2014

Asus RT-AC87 AC2400 Router with Quantenna Chipset Set to Ship

Back at CES earlier this year, I had visited Quantenna and covered the announcement of their QSR1000 4x4 802.11ac MIMO chipset. It was announced that the Asus RT-AC87U would...

20 by Ganesh T S on 7/22/2014

ASUS Z97-Pro WiFi AC Review

The initial set of Z97 reviews demonstrated that most motherboard manufacturers were implementing at least one the new storage options offered by the chipset: SATA Express and M.2. ...

37 by Ian Cutress on 7/16/2014

Computex 2014: The ASUS RT-AC3200, a six-stream 802.11ac Router with MIMO

Part of the market in WiFi communications is calling out for more bandwidth. The advent of high-resolution video and the limitations of gigabit Ethernet mean that in an...

22 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2014

ASUS Z97-DELUXE (NFC & WLC) Review: With Two Thunderbolt 2 Too

Investing in the top range motherboard should afford a few privileges. It should come with extra features, extra components in the box, and where possible the manufacturer should...

45 by Ian Cutress on 5/16/2014

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