Wireless-AC has had a good run as the fastest wireless networking standard available, but it couldn’t last forever. In fact, it couldn’t even last more than a few years.
What we’re saying is there’s a new sheriff in town.
A Brief History of WiFi
Before we hear about advances in the wireless field, let’s take a look at its history. A good place to start is this FlashRouters post from last year. This post offers a comprehensive history of WiFi as well as an easy follow explanation.
One can also study the history of WiFi by going over the various transformations through the years. This FlashRouters post shows the difference between Wireless-G, Wireless-N, and Wireless-AC devices.
What comes after Wireless-AC? Well, Wireless-AD, naturally. On down the alphabet we go.
Per Network World: “TP-LINK, Qualcomm, and Acer have all just announced products that will take advantage of the latest, fast 802.11ad wireless standard.”
So what does that mean to you, the potential Wireless-AD user? TP-Link is promising full 4K movie downloads in 4 minutes. And with routers that run at 7200 Mbps (or 7 Gbps), that sounds conceivable to us.
Furthermore, Wireless-AD adds another frequency band to the 5.0 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands provided by Wireless-AC devices. If you’re wondering how a device can handle 7200 Mbps of traffic, the 60 GHz range band should answer your question.
As Network World points out though, that high level of frequency does not travel too far. These new routers circumvent that problem by offering that top band to devices in the room with the router, and the lower bands to devices that are too far away for the top band.
As for whether or not a Wireless-AD FlashRouter is in your future, we’d say to hold tight. FlashRouters has more than demonstrated a preternatural ability to offer the top routers available across all wireless networking standards. In short, Wireless-AD routers flashed with DD-WRT are almost certainly in all of our futures.
In the meantime, our Wireless-AC selection is vibrant and plentifully stocked with outstanding devices. Check out some in the table below. When Wireless-AD devices hit our line, believe us, we’ll be sure to let you know.
|Linksys WRT3200ACM AC3200||R7000 Nighthawk||Linksys WRT1900ACS/AC v2 AC1900|
1.8 GHz Marvell Processor
4 Ext Antennas
Top Gaming Router
1 Ghz Broadcom Processor
3 Ext Antennas
One of our Most-Popular Routers
1.6 GHz Marvell Processor
4 Ext Antennas
Use in Small-Medium Homes
Wireless-AD Has Arrived
Wireless-AD is here and it comes in the form of the ultra powerful, high end Netgear Nighthawk R9000 X10 AD7200. With an ultra powerful 1.7 Ghz Quad Core Processor, 7 Gigabit Ethernet Ports, 4 high powered external antennas, and MU-MIMO support, this is easily our most high end router. Check out our featured Router Of The Day blog post to see a full breakdown of our most advanced FlashRouter ever.