Buying A New Device? Don’t Get Shortchanged On Your Wireless Speeds

Even with new 802.11ac wireless technology available to device manufacturers, many companies are still putting older, slower 802.11bgn wireless cards in their devices. From laptops to smart TVs, it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting before you buy.

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802.11b/g/n Retirement Party

A recent PC World article calls out 802.11ac wireless technology as one of the top 10 things to consider when buying a new laptop. The new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard delivers a quantum leap in performance over 802.11n with up to 3x faster speeds, more capacity for more devices, better performance at further distances from the AP, improved reliability for fewer dropped connections, and lower power consumption for longer battery life. And 802.11ac is fully backward compatible with all older Wi-Fi standards 802.11abgn.

As you can probably tell, new devices that don’t offer 802.11ac wireless are setting consumers up for less-than-stellar experiences. So why isn’t this technology being rolled out in every new device that hits the market? And shouldn’t this new standard be embraced by wireless access point providers like hotels, convention centers, and even coffee shops?

With 802.11ac to comprise 18% of total wireless access points worldwide by the end of 2014, it’s clear that a sea change is already underway. In order to take full advantage of this mass adoption of lightning-fast 802.11ac wireless networks, it’s crucial to make sure any new device you’re purchasing is equipped with an 802.11ac wireless card.

Demand Innovation

By demanding that your new devices come equipped with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, you can make sure you don’t get left in the dust. Despite the availability (and affordability) of new wireless technology, many manufacturers just don’t seem to get it; new devices such as wireless-enabled TVs, phones, tablets, laptops, portable speaker systems, and a plethora of additional peripherals are still bogged down by 7-year-old 802.11bgn technology.

For more information on the value 802.11ac wireless can offer your home or business, click here.

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