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Network speed will experience a huge expansion under the 802.11ac standard

802.11ac-networkA relatively new technology standard has huge potential for school connectivity as it aims to relieve congested networks and drastically increase network speed.

The 802.11ac standard operates in the 5-gigahertz spectrum–a move away from the clogged 2.4-gigahertz frequency in which 802.11n operates.

The rollout will occur in three waves, and the first wave is already active. The three waves will eventually increase data rates up to 6.93 Gbps and will open MHz channels and available data streams.

And while talking about 802.11n and 802.11ac may seem overwhelming or hard to grasp, it is extremely important for school technology leaders to understand the potential this new standard holds.

(Next page: Details about the new standard, and an infographic to illustrate key points)

802.11ac increases wireless data rate capabilities from 450 Mbps (under 802.11n) to 6.93 Gbps.

Switching to the new standard won’t impact Wi-Fi signal reach.

802.11ac enables multi-user performance. Where previously a second client had to wait until a data transmission was complete.

802.11ac uses multiple antennas to transmit to up to 4 clients–similar to a 4-port wired switch. This means that network congestion is avoided.

The Wi-Fi Alliance certifies products and tests that they work with other Wi-Fi certified products before those products have the official Wi-Fi seal. The alliance began certifying 802.11ac products last summer.

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