New Wi-Fi Standards Should be a Big Deal at CES 2013

Tri-band routers (2.4, 5, and 60 gHz), 802.11ac, 802.11ad, beamforming, Passpoint, Voice-Enterprise, smart grid standards, will be major buzzwords at next year’s CES as Wi-Fi expands, encompassing faster than wired speeds, clear voice calls, and connections to all household appliances as well as entertainment equipment.
Today dual-band capability is a premium, extra cost option with today’s 802.11n routers and client cards, but tomorrow’s WI-Fi devices will be a least 2 bands, and most will probably be three. Current 802.11n routers use the 2.4 gigahertz band, while higher priced models add the less often used 5 GHz band. Some routers only allow using one at time, while the newer, higher-end models allow both bands to operate at the same time, effectively doubling throughput. The newer standards, still in the proposed/testing stage, 802.11ac and 802.11ad add another band, 60 GHz, which will primarily be used for close-in high speed data transfers (such as streaming video from your iPad to your TV) at speeds up to 7 gigabits per second, faster than USB 3 wired connections at 5 Gb/s! Normal communication between a router and a client using 802.11ac can achieve speeds up to 1.73 Gb/s or over 4 times the theoretical capacity of the current “N” routers (300 Mb/s).
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