The 802.11ac standard, that delivers 1Gbps speeds on the 5 GHz band is finally coming home. Several manufacturers have already announced products using the new WiFi standard that uses wider channels and more MIMO to increase speed. But while there have been some routers supporting this new standard, there are few clients in smartphones, tablets, or laptops with 802.11ac built in, or through dongles.
This week, 802.11ac adapters (either USB or PCie) that can quickly add 802.11ac to existing computers are expected to be introduced at CES 2013.
Netgear’s A6200 WiFi USB Adapter provides 802.11ac Dual Band with up to 300/867 Mbps† speed and dual band technology
D-Link’s Wireless AC1200 Dual Band USB Adapter (DWA-182) enables consumers to upgrade their existing laptops and desktop computers with wireless AC technology. For added flexibility, this adapter is backwards compatible with previous generation 802.11 a/g/n Wi-Fi standards.
Dell’s Latitude 6430u Enterprise Ultrabook incorporates the Wilocity / Qualcomm-Atheros tri-band chipset. The Dell WiGig-enabled docking station enables the Ultrabook to wirelessly connected with a number of I/O devices such as external GPUs, storage, peripherals and expansion slots.
Linksys is jumping onboard with three new wireless routers for consumers. The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi portfolio is being expanded with three new 802.11ac powered Smart Wi-Fi Routers and a compact 802.11ac USB adapter alongside some new features and apps. They can run third-party apps developed for the Cisco Connect Cloud platform.
- Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1750 HD Video Pro, EA6700: Designed for “power users” with 10 or more connected devices while support HD streaming on anything from smart TVs to smartphones. The dual-band AC1750 is supposed to deliver Wi-Fi speeds up to 1,300Mbps on a 5GHz band and up to 450 Mbps on the 2.4GHz band.
- Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1600 Video Enthusiast, EA6400: Designed for homes with five to seven connected devices. This dual-band router is intended to offer Wi-Fi speeds up to 1,300Mbps on the 5GHz band and up to 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band.
- Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1200 Advanced Multimedia, EA6300: Intended for smaller homes with three to five connected devices such as smartphones, desktops and even smart TVs, the AC 1200 offers up to 867Mbps on 5GHz band and up to 300Mbps on 2.4GHz band.
All of them sport Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 ports for connecting USB flash drives, hard drives, and other devices for providing another medium to transfer files among connected devices such as smartphones and laptops.
D-Link’s DGL-5500 802.11ac gaming router is able to shift bandwidth around to ensure lag-free performance. Aside from its wireless prowess, the soda can-shaped unit has four Ethernet and a USB port as well as easy-to-use setup instructions.
Celeno will provide Wi-Fi chips for distribution of Video over Wi-Fi in Ubee’s xDSL home gateway product line. Celeno’s chips enable Ubee (which also supplies Dongles to Clearwire), to offer whole home Wi-Fi networking robust enough for HD IPTV distribution, multi-room DVR and over-the-top (OTT) video consumption on tablets anywhere in a home. Celeno’s chips will also be leveraged to power after-market accessories such as video bridges and USB dongles that will allow service providers to Wi-Fi-enable legacy set-top box gateways.
The Seagate Wireless Plus comes with a built-in battery and a Wireless-N access point. It allows up to eight Wi-Fi devices to connect to its Wi-Fi network and then use its internal storage as their networked storage expander.
The Seagate GoFlex Satellite combines both networking and storage. It allows you to carry a large amount of digital content with you and stream it to tablets and smartphones via a Wi-Fi connection.
Pace is using Broadcom chips for a media gateway, set-top and IP client box — each running Comcast’s Reference Design Kit middleware — designed for the operator’s Xfinity X1 service. The gateway provides DOCSIS 3.0 data speeds with wireless and wired networking over 802.11ac and MoCA 2.0 and also supports two wired ports for HD Voice and DECT 6.0/Cat IQ 2.0 cordless handsets.
It adds all the Google goodies — live TV, the Chrome browser (Flash supported), Primetime, full access to the Play store and search. It’s also DLNA compatible and can push media to your TV from USB drives and other storage sources, including Android devices. The PRIME is available from today for a cent under $130, making it less than Sony’s Google box, and $30 more than Vizio’s.