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    Super-fast Wi-Fi coming: 802.11ac-2013


    It took a while, but 802.11ac Wi-Fi, with its theoretical maximum of 1.3 Gigabit per second (Gbps) devices, finally started showing up in the summer of 2013. That's fast, but faster is on its way. 802.11ac-2013 will break existing Wi-Fi speed-records with a screaming 7 Gbps of data in the 5GHz range....

    .....That all sounds good, but the big question is: When will companies actually start shipping 802.11ac-2013 gear? No one is saying yet. I expect the usual suspects -- Cisco, Linksys, D-Link, and Juniper -- will start shipping early adopter gear by the 3rd quarter of 2014 and mass production runs will appear in time for the 2014 holiday season.
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    I would think that any type of wired GB connection would create a bottle neck for this new wireless.

    I don't see how it can work if they plan on connecting the access points using Ethernet cable which will be limited to GB speeds.

    Seems like you would need a fiber optic connection and fiber optic enabled router and A/P's to really make this work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    I would think that any type of wired GB connection would create a bottle neck for this new wireless.

    I don't see how it can work if they plan on connecting the access points using Ethernet cable which will be limited to GB speeds.

    Seems like you would need a fiber optic connection and fiber optic enabled router and A/P's to really make this work.
    Good point, Cat-6 and 7 are still only rated at 1Ghz. What does that work out to in GB? Would it be 8x? I'm confused.......again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    I would think that any type of wired GB connection would create a bottle neck for this new wireless.

    I don't see how it can work if they plan on connecting the access points using Ethernet cable which will be limited to GB speeds.

    Seems like you would need a fiber optic connection and fiber optic enabled router and A/P's to really make this work.
    I believe they are designing the AP's with 2 Ethernet ports to handle the load. Here is an older article by the author with more insite of the drawbacks.

    Gigabit Wi-Fi: 802.11ac is here: Five things you need to know | ZDNet

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    Sounds good in theory anyway. It will be interesting to see how it holds up in real use. I wonder how tolerant it will be to slower devices like a Wireless G printer? If everything ends up running at the speed of the slowest device its could end up being a big disappointment.
    Last edited by alphanumeric; 23 Jan 2014 at 06:50.
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    I'm still waiting for super fast internet everywhere...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I'm still waiting for super fast internet everywhere...
    I dunno about speeds, but Google likes to think "everywhere"

    https://www.google.com/loon/

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