You know the complaint – “This WiFi is slow!” in fact you may have been making that complaint yourself.
But before your go blaming your Internet provider for your speed issue, consider your internet router.
Is your Internet router providing you with the best performance?
If you are using a Wireless-G router or a Wireless-N router you may not be getting the most out of that high speed Internet pipeline you use your kid’s inheritance to pay for.
There is no current wireless networking standard that can hold a candle to – at least performance wise – to Wireless-AC (802.11ac).
A Wireless-AC router can transmit wireless at rates more than 6x as fast as the best Wireless-N devices, and 100x as fast as the best Wireless-G devices.
With today’s streaming media and online gaming Wireless-AC is the must have networking standard you need to stay competitive.
Upgrading From A Wireless-G or Wireless-N Router to a Wireless-AC Router
Look I get it – you don’t want to spend more dough on yet another upgrade.
Understand though that hanging onto an older Wireless-G router means you are sacrificing overall speed and security.
At the same time you are hindering the wireless capabilities for newer devices.
This isn’t some Apple Iphone version bait and switch. You aren’t getting one or two new features and a –maybe – sleeker sexier device.
When a new wireless standard is released there are major improvements in connectivity and performance.
Think about it this way – using an old Wireless-G device with your iPad or Samsung Galaxy S-7 is like mowing the grass with scissors – yeah you will eventually get-er-done, but it is by no means the most efficient way to do the job.
Wireless-AC Router Advantages
A Wireless-AC router has wider bandwidth capabilities than the Wireless-N or Wireless-G routers.
You can imagine bandwidth to be like a highway and the bandwidth frequencies to be lanes on that highway.
Wireless-AC has a bandwidth of 80 MHz with an optional 160 MHz . In contrast, Wireless-N’s bandwidth was only 20 or 40 MHz.
In our highway analogy let’s say that 20 MHz represents 2 lanes, 40 MHz is four lanes and 80 MHz represents 8 lanes.
Just like in the real world, the more lanes available, the more traffic – or data – that can pass through simultaneously. This allows for maximum performance connection speed.
Wireless-AC Routers Have Multi Input Multi Output (MU-MIMO)
MU-MIMO allows communication with 4 different devices at the same time.
This eliminates connectivity bottleneck on a router.
Wireless-AC allows more devices to connect instantly on a single router, with less interference or disruptions.
Wireless Clutter Is Reduced With Wireless-AC
Wireless-AC runs on the 5 GHz frequency band.
There is a ton of signal interference on the the 2.4 GHz band used by Wireless-N & Wireless-G routers.
Cordless phones, Bluetooth headsets/keyboards, baby monitors, neighboring wireless networks, remote door openers, and even microwaves all run in the 2.4 GHz band.
By working in the 5 GHz the Wireless-AC router avoids being affected by the signal bleed.
Wireless-AC Routers – The Need For Speed
If you want to be able to use the latest devices at their full capacity you will want to leave that old Wireless-G or Wireless-N router in the dust and upgrade to a Wireless-AC router.
Wireless-AC routers offer many distinct connectivity advantages including
- Increased bandwidth
- Reduced Signal Interference