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The next gen Wi-Fi standard is coming. Wi-Fi's 802.11ax could reach 10Gbps
Second wave 802.11ac routers will deliver maximum physical link rates of over 7Gbps!
Most current 802.11ac routers are based on a draft version of the standard. The Wi-Fi Alliance didn’t launch its first 802.11ac certification program until mid 2013, but that didn’t stop companies like Buffalo from shipping devices based on the draft standard, in fact Buffalo shipped its first 802.11ac router in 2012!
Wave 2 802.11ac routers will start hitting the shelves in 2015. These second generation routers will use the less-crowded 5 GHz frequency band (rather than 2.4 GHz as used by 802.11b/g/n) and they will support technology like MU-MIMO (multi-user multiple input/multiple output), which enables them to send multiple spatial streams to multiple clients simultaneously. They will also support 160Mhz channel bonding. The result of all this clever technology is that the second wave 802.11ac routers will deliver maximum physical link rates of over 7Gbps!
The aim of the new standard is to quadruple wireless speeds to individual clients and not just to increase the overall speed of the network.
After Wave 2 802.11ac comes 802.11ax. The aim of the new standard is to quadruple wireless speeds to individual clients and not just to increase the overall speed of the network. Huawei, the Chinese OEM, has engineers on the 802.11ax committee and it has already reported Wi-Fi connection speeds up to 10.53Gbps on the 5GHz frequency band!
The current plan is for the Wi-Fi alliance to ratify the 802.11ax standard in 2019.
Smartphone and tablet users will not only need to wait for the routers to become available, but also for the manufacturers to support the new standard in their devices. At the moment the flagship devices from companies like Samsung, HTC, Sony, and LG support Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac over two bands (i.e. 2.4GHz and 5GHz). Low- and mid- range devices, like the Moto G, often only support Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
What do you think? Are higher Wi-Fi speeds important to you? Are you looking forward to 802.11ax support?