What Is Wireless-AC?

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The downside with current WiFi standards is that interference is a big problem especially as most mobile devices and wireless routers use the 2.4 GHz frequency. Furthermore, many household devices such as cordless phones, microwaves, and neighbours' WiFi routers use the same frequency. This means that unwanted traffic gets in your way, which slows down overall packet flow. Congestion is also a problem with current WiFi standards - this occurs because too many devices are accessing the router at the same time.

What Makes Wireless-AC Different From The Rest?

With exclusive use of the 5 GHz frequency, Wireless-AC is soon to be the leading WiFi standard to speed-up your home wireless network. And there's good news because D-Link has just launched an excellent range of Wireless-AC routers. Now back to the explanation. With so many devices connected to the 2.4 GHz frequency band, interference has reached a point where it can cripple your data flow and speed. The 5 GHz frequency band is less common and Wireless-AC uses the 5 GHz band for its transmission. With fewer devices connected you get less interference resulting in faster speeds. To understand this better, imagine other cars caught in a traffic jam while you speed through in a free lane.

Wireless-AC also allows for a wider channel bandwidth. Imagine driving on a highway; the more lanes the highway has, the more and faster cars can pass through. The same is with wireless. Previous wireless standards had bands ranging from 20 MHz to 40 MHz - but with Wireless-AC, the band has increased to 80 MHz, meaning a wider band for your data to pass through faster giving you a much improved wireless network experience.

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