‘Gigabit Wi-Fi’ promises higher wireless speeds—but these will come at a cost


gigabit-wi-fiProviders of wireless access points and other equipment have started to release products that conform with a next-generation standard, called “gigabit Wi-Fi,” that has the potential to be up to four times as fast as the current 802.11n technology.

The new technology, 802.11ac, is designed to relieve network congestion by increasing speed limits to more than 1 gigabit per second and moving to a new highway, from the congested lanes of the 2.4-gigahertz frequency band to a more open 5-gigahertz spectrum.

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