802.11ac

Asus announced the RT-AC5300U 802.11ac router using Broadcom's tri-band Wi-Fi chipset at IFA 2015 today. This is meant to be a flagship router with AC5300 speeds (1000 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band and 2167 Mbps on each of the 5 GHz bands for a total of 5333 Mbps theoretical bandwidth). The router uses Broadcom's latest Wi-Fi chipset along with the XStream platform concept. As a recap, Broadcom's XStream involves combining two discrete 802.11ac radios in a single board, thereby allowing for two different channels to be simultaneously active in the 5 GHz band. Essentially, this concept combines two Wi-Fi routers in one. Initially introduced in a six stream configuration using Broadcom's second generation 802.11ac chipset, it was even demonstrated by Asus at Computex 2014...

Google Announces The OnHub WiFi Router

Today Google announced that they are moving into the WiFi router market. The new router is produced through a partnership with TP-Link and it's called OnHub. Google is marketing...

31 by Brandon Chester on 8/18/2015

Linksys EA8500 - First MU-MIMO Enabled 802.11ac Router Set to Ship

Readers following our wireless networking coverage must be quite familiar with the developments in 802.11ac land. As a recap: The first 3-stream 802.11ac routers (based on the Broadcom BCM4706 chipset...

80 by Ganesh T S on 5/7/2015

ASRock to Debut mini-ITX Haswell-E at CeBIT: X99E-ITX/ac with USB 3.1

I always love to see interesting deviations to the norm when it comes to motherboards, and something such as a mini-ITX based extreme system has been at the top...

55 by Ian Cutress on 3/13/2015

Quantenna Maintains 802.11ac Technology Lead as Broadcom and Marvell Launch New Chipsets

Quantenna was the first to bring a 4x4 MU-MIMO 802.11ac chipset to the market (with the Asus RT-AC87U and the Netgear Nighthawk X4 R7500). It has a number of...

7 by Ganesh T S on 1/11/2015

802.11ac with Killer: MSI’s Teaming Technique coming to ACK Branded Motherboards

One of the many interesting ways in which motherboard companies diversify their product ranges is with networking opportunities. In most product stacks, manufacturers use Realtek and Intel network ports...

12 by Ian Cutress on 11/4/2014

MSI’s Next Haswell-E Teaser: X99S Gaming 9 AC

The increase in leaks and teasers regarding X99 makes for some compelling reading. Shortly after showing off their X99S SLI PLUS on Facebook, a couple of Gaming 9 AC...

22 by Ian Cutress on 8/7/2014

Asus RT-AC87 AC2400 Router with Quantenna Chipset Set to Ship

Back at CES earlier this year, I had visited Quantenna and covered the announcement of their QSR1000 4x4 802.11ac MIMO chipset. It was announced that the Asus RT-AC87U would...

20 by Ganesh T S on 7/22/2014

ASUS Z97-Pro WiFi AC Review

The initial set of Z97 reviews demonstrated that most motherboard manufacturers were implementing at least one the new storage options offered by the chipset: SATA Express and M.2. ...

37 by Ian Cutress on 7/16/2014

Computex 2014: The ASUS RT-AC3200, a six-stream 802.11ac Router with MIMO

Part of the market in WiFi communications is calling out for more bandwidth. The advent of high-resolution video and the limitations of gigabit Ethernet mean that in an...

22 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2014

ASUS Z97-DELUXE (NFC & WLC) Review: With Two Thunderbolt 2 Too

Investing in the top range motherboard should afford a few privileges. It should come with extra features, extra components in the box, and where possible the manufacturer should...

45 by Ian Cutress on 5/16/2014

Quantenna Announces Development of 10G Wi-Fi 802.11ac Chipset

At the beginning of 2012 Broadcom announced its first 802.11ac chipsets under the banner of 5G (5th generation) WiFi. Since then we've seen the latest high end notebooks adopt...

19 by Ganesh T S on 4/14/2014

Qualcomm Announces MU-MIMO 802.11ac Family: Increasing the Efficiency of 802.11ac Networks

At the beginning of 2012 Broadcom announced its first 802.11ac chipsets under the banner of 5G (5th generation) WiFi. Since then we've seen the latest high end notebooks adopt...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/3/2014

Linksys and ZyXEL Launch Enterprise 802.11ac Access Points

The enterprise Wi-Fi market is a hotly contested one with expensive offerings from companies such as Aruba Networks and Ruckus Wireless being the preferred choice of many IT administrators...

8 by Ganesh T S on 4/1/2014

Xirrus to Offer Low Cost 2x2 802.11ac Upgradable Enterprise AP

A good number of companies play in the enterprise Wi-Fi market: Aruba Networks, Ubiquiti and Ruckus Wireless to name a few. Enterprise Wi-Fi looks at markets that have...

21 by Ian Cutress on 3/11/2014

MSI Launches the Nightblade Gaming Barebones, a mini-ITX with OC

Traditional PC component manufacturers are moving into other areas of interest. For MSI that means devices such as tablets and notebooks, as well as moving forward with their traditional...

30 by Ian Cutress on 3/6/2014

Broadcom Announces BCM4354 802.11ac 2x2 MIMO Combo for Smartphones

Today Broadcom is announcing the newest member of their popular WiFi/BT/FM series of combo chips, the BCM4354, which adds 2x2 MIMO (two spatial stream) for smartphones and retains 802.11ac...

7 by Brian Klug on 2/24/2014

Amped Wireless: 802.11ac WiFi with High-Gain Antennas

It’s been a while since we last looked at Amped Wireless, a company with a primary goal being the development of higher quality and longer range WiFi products. Wireless...

26 by Jarred Walton on 1/21/2014

D-Link at CES 2014: WiFi Router and Charger On-The-Go, WiFi Range Extenders too

In the name of connectivity, local networks, data sharing and charging, D-Link are showcasing their DIR-510L WiFi AC750 Portable Router and Charger at CES this week. The principle...

11 by Ian Cutress on 1/6/2014

The Joys of 802.11ac WiFi

We’ve had quite a few major wireless networking standards over the years, and while some have certainly been better than others, I have remained a strong adherent of wired...

139 by Jarred Walton on 7/8/2013

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