If it Computes, it Connects

Today’s digital life is all about wireless connections. We increasingly depend on this wireless technology to connect our lives. Our cloud-based computing demands more from Wi-Fi connections than ever before. Yet, when was the last time you thought about the wireless technology inside the devices you purchase? Don’t rely on most retailers or computer manufacturers to help you understand why Wi-Fi matters, and what new wireless standards have to offer.

Most retailers focus on processor speed, storage, graphics, and wired ports with only a few “mentioning” the Wi-Fi standard supported by their device. If they do, it’s buried in the product specifications. It’s like they didn’t get the memo: no device is an island anymore. A surprising number of laptops sold today include the older, slower 802.11bgn technology, relegating the buyer to slower connectivity over the life of the product.

The only defense consumers have is developing “Connectivity Consciousness” when shopping for new computing device, especially laptops.

Which Wi-Fi Is Inside?

When shopping for a new computer, it’s crucial to check which Wi-Fi technology the device supports. Older 802.11bgn Wi-Fi is still inside a lot of new laptops. The fast new standard you’re looking for is 802.11ac.

Why does 802.11ac Wi-Fi make a difference? The new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard delivers a quantum leap in performance over 802.11n with up to 3x faster speeds, capacity for more connected devices, better performance at further distances, improved reliability for fewer dropped connections, and lower power consumption for longer battery life. All these breakthroughs translate to faster downloads, richer streaming, and smoother gaming experiences on more devices.

Less time waiting means more time enjoying or producing. Think about the amount of time you spend connected each day, and add up the time differences between waiting only 7 minutes to download a 17GB Blu-ray movie using 802.11ac vs. 21 minutes over 802.11bgn. Think about all the buffering going on in your streaming videos. Over the life of a product, the difference can mean hundreds maybe thousands of hours of your time wasted.

Don’t worry about not being in an 802.11ac hotspot, 802.11ac is backwards compatible to all older Wi-Fi standards. Why would you want to buy the last 802.11n Wi-Fi product that is 7 years old when you can buy a device that is formatted for the future?

Click here for more information on products that offer 802.11ac.

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