Wireless-AC Enters the Mainstream with the iPhone 6

Using the new iPhone 6 with Wireless-AC

iPhone 6 & Wireless-AC

Hey, did you hear about the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus? We’re guessing you did. Maybe you’ve waited in line already to be the first one you know to get it.

But, aside from trembling with anticipation, there are important preparations you can make in the meantime to ensure that, when you do get your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, it runs at the top of its performance power. We’ll tell you all about the ways Wireless-AC can help your Apple iPhone 6 experience in the sections below, but first…

The New Apple iPhone 6

So what’s in store for you as a prospective owner of an iPhone 6? What would possess you to dramatically throw your old iPhone into the sea (don’t do this) in favor of the latest version?

  • Well, for starters, and as is seemingly the case anytime a new iPhone is released, the newest one is faster. Apple’s iPhone 6 promises more LTE bands than any other smartphone on the market, and can consequently offer faster download speeds (up to 150 Mbps) over mobile data.
  • Moreover, expect clearer phone conversations now that Apple is implementing VoLTE (Voice over LTE), which is supposedly the gold standard for the moment.

Apple iPhone 6 & Wireless-AC

Most importantly though, the Apple iPhone 6 now offers support for 802.11ac or Wireless-AC meaning that with the right WiFi setup in your home, you can drastically increase WiFi capabilities in your home, up to 3x faster than the best 802.11n routers and 6x the standard Single band N300 router. For a full comparison read What is the difference between Wireless-AC, Wireless-N & Wireless-G?

This news has been particularly well-received at FlashRouters, where we’ve been loudly proclaiming the benefits of Wireless-AC technology for well over a year now. We’ll tell you again though: there’s simply no beating Wireless-AC for sheer, lightning-quick WiFi wireless speed.

Mass adoption of new wireless standards can take a while since one manufacturer has to make it standard and the others will follow. Now that Apple has cracked the seal across their entire product, we expect any new gadgetry from now on though the 2014 holiday season to have Wireless-AC Gigabit Wireless capability a standard.

So make your old ratty router doesn’t effect the performance of your new gadgets. Sadly, this boring old network hub is just expected to do the task forever but with quick moving technological advances and speeds, our upgrade cycle recommendation is when upgrade to a new phone or tablet, you should be considering a router upgrade as well. How often is that? For most that is every 2-3 years with that window increasingly tightening.

You haven’t upgraded your router in over 2 years? Than have we got some treats for you to overhaul the handling of all your new-fangled gadgets along with your Apple TVs, Rokus, SmartTVs, Nest Thermostats, VOIP, Sonos Music Systems & much more. The list of things that hammer your router and require performance increases everyday.

Best Wireless-AC Routers for the Apple iPhone 6

Best Wireless-AC Apple iPhone 6 Plus Router - Netgear R7000 Nighthawk OpenVPN DD-WRT - More Secure

Fortunately, for you, the (future) iPhone 6 owner, we’ve got a selection of top performing Wireless-AC routers that will blow your mind. Choose any of these superior routers, enhanced with feature rich open-source firmware pre-installed to ensure that you get the most out of your brand new Apple smartphone. Let’s meet ’em.

Netgear R7000 AC1900 DD-WRT FlashRouter

We’re going to lead off with our pride and joy, just because we can’t resist. Simply put, there’s no other open-source compatible Wireless router on the market that can perform for you the way the Nighthawk can. Watch as your new iPhone 6 takes on networking task after task with dizzying speed thanks to the Nighthawk’s incomparable Dual Core 1 GHz (1000 MHz) Broadcom CPU. That’s not even to mention the best-in-class RAM (256) and unbeatable Wireless-AC speeds (1900 Mbps across dual-bands). Your iPhone 6 Plus will thank you for it.

Asus RT-AC66U AC1750 Tomato FlashRouter

Asus RT-AC68U DD-WRT Best Wireless WiFi Router for iPhone 6 Plus

ARM Routers – Asus RT-AC68U FlashRouter

From the Tomato department, we bring you the Asus RT-AC66U AC1750 FlashRouter, a stunning device that future-proofs the network of anyone who owns it. With its three adjustable antennae, 256 MB RAM, and superior Tomato firmware upgrade, your iPhone 6 will positively zip from app to app and page to page with the immeasurable assist from this Wireless-AC gem.

Asus RT-AC68U AC1900 DD-WRT FlashRouter

And once again, we return to those top 1900 Mbps speeds with the Asus RT-AC68U DD-WRT FlashRouter. You won’t believe the way your iPhone 6 functions with a router as powerful as this on your side. Of course, it being a FlashRouter, your whole network will greatly improve with the added benefits of a 800 MHz dual-core processor, USB 3.0 port and, lest we forget, the vastly improved DD-WRT firmware that we so helpfully flash on our routers.

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2 thoughts on “Wireless-AC Enters the Mainstream with the iPhone 6

  1. Traci

    i have 2 questions: 1. Is the upgrade of 802.11ac or Wireless-AC Part of the iOS8 software upgrade I installed on my iPhone 5 and my not-new iPad? 2. I use a router from my cable company (TWC). If I get an iPhone 6, can I get one of the routers featured above to work with/instead of the cable company’s hardware? Are cable companies upgrading their hardware to account for Wireless-AC? Thanks!

    1. joeso

      Hey Traci,

      I don’t know about cable companies upgrading to Wireless-AC although I doubt it since they are so often way behind.

      You cannot replace thee local router usually without losing some cable features like on-demand. You can put it in bridge mode usually and make the alternate router your router of choice.


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