Superfast 5G WiFi will make your New iPad look sluggishDale Wright
So you’ve just uploaded all your gear to the fastest wireless network available, 802.11n. Feeling pretty good? We have some bad news for you: your equipment is no longer the fastest on the market.
Super-fast ‘beamforming’ technology is on the horizon, and it could revolutionise the way we use wifi.
Buffalo have introduced a new router which runs to a new standard in wifi – 802.11ac. This brand new standard is so new that it’s yet to have been certified, but reports are that we’ll be able to transmit data wirelessly at up to 1.3 Gbps. That speed will soon become widely known as ‘5G WiFi’; it’s roughly the same speed as a gigabit ethernet cable, and it’s three times faster than 802.11n according to industry experts.
Beamforming funnels network traffic in a particular physical direction, rather than spreading it evenly around the router antenna. This blasts data directly at the receiving device instead of scattering it around the room.
What does that mean for day-to-day use?
● HD movies and music will stream effortlessly over your home wifi network without the need for running ethernet cables.
● The speed you’ll get from your wireless router to your mobile devices will be blazingly fast – far faster than 3G.
● The range and reliability of wireless signals should also improve once 5G WiFi becomes commonplace, meaning better coverage in the home without buying additional hardware.
● And if you consume and stream media around the house on different devices, you’ll see a difference thanks to increased bandwidth – ideal for services like iTunes Match, Netflix and Hulu.
Don’t panic! There’s no need to chuck that New iPad in the bin. The new 802.11ac standard will be backwards compatible with 802.11n, the fastest speed currently on the market, as well as older devices connecting via 802.11a/g.
The Buffalo AirStation WZR-D1800H can be ordered online in the US right now, costing around $180, and a wireless 802.11ac media bridge is available for around the same price. Netgear will be bringing out their own 802.11ac router in the US later this month.