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Review: Linksys EA6900 802.11ac router

04/16, 4:14pm

Linksys' high-end ac offering put to the test

As 802.11ac networking begins to makes its way into more and more devices, you may find yourself considering an upgrade for your home network. One option is Linksys' EA6900, a new top-tier networking device from a long-standing name in the world of routers. Linksys says the EA6900 is a compelling option that offers a router that is not only fast and reliable, but also extremely simple to set up. Does this new 802.11ac router live up to its claims? Read our review and find out.

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Hands On: Linksys WRT1900AC 802.11ac router

04/14, 1:11pm

New Belkin router brings maximum speed to homes, offices

The proliferation of 802.11ac routers has begun in earnest. After an initial deployment by Apple, the second wave of refined devices has begun to hit the market. Linksys' new high-end home and small business Wi-Fi router, the WRT1900AC, has arrived. Where does it sit in the range of available devices?

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Linksys ships WRT54G-inspired WRT1900AC 802.11ac router

04/10, 8:49am

New home router first to feature a quad-antenna array for range, speed

Linksys today announced that it has started shipping the new WRT1900AC. The design of the new router is inspired by the decade-old WRT54G. The new WRT has been equipped with a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and 128MB flash memory, plus eSATA and USB ports for storage and other peripheral connections.

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Briefly: acNano 802.11ac wireless transceiver, Next-Numbers for iOS

12/20, 1:32pm

QuickerTek's acNano wireless transceiver provides fast wireless to PowerBooks

QuickTek, a producer of antennas and RF products for Macs, has announced the release of a 802.11ac wireless transceiver, the acNano. Its size is comparable to an average flash memory stick, and plugs into a USB port. Upon installing the supplied driver, the acNano provides older Apple PowerBooks with 802.11ac high-speed wireless networking speeds.

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BearExtender Turbo for Mac with 802.11ac connectivity ships today

12/13, 11:29am

Upgrade for older Macs touts 867Mbps maximum speed

BearExtender has extended its line of USB Wi-Fi devices by shipping an adapter that can add 802.11ac connectivity to older Mac desktops and notebooks with slower wireless network connections. Connecting over USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, the BearExtender Turbo is said to be able to offer up to three times the speed of internal 802.11n AirPort cards.

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Amped Wireless ships cross-platform USB 802.11ac network adapter

07/15, 8:30pm

New adapter among the first to provide AC connectivity to OS X

Networking company Amped Wireless announced today the launch of the ACA1 High Power 500mW Dual Band AC Wi-Fi USB Adapter. The ACA1 is one of the first long-range 802.11ac adapter on the market that is compatible with Mac laptops and desktops in addition to Windows computers. The ACA1 works with all Wi-Fi networks, and has been optimized for use with the recently-launched Amped Wireless RTA15 High Power 700mW Dual Band AC Wi-Fi Router.

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Report: Apple inviting some new MBA buyers to test Wi-Fi patch

06/30, 4:00am

Issue affects 802.11ac network speed in new MacBook Airs

After test results from a number of new MacBook Air units that feature built-in 802.11ac support showed that speeds did not improve over 802.11n, Apple has allegedly invited some buyers to help test a Wi-Fi specific update for the machine that should eliminate what some have suggested was a hard-wired data cap on speed. While the problem does not affect all units, even a MacNN researcher experienced the issue. Apple has been swapping out new Airs at its retail stores in order to study the units that have the problem.

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Some 802.11ac equipment flawed, Apple replacing models with issues

06/24, 11:20pm

Service technicians advised to replace troubled gear, send defectives back

Apple's 802.11ac wireless launch has been somewhat less than perfect. In an effort to diagnose problems reported in some new Apple devices sporting 802.11ac compatibility, the Cupertino manufacturer has instructed its service centers to "capture" customers' computers if they are suffering from Wi-Fi connectivity issues. Additionally, technical research has been published noting that Apple uses a sub-optimal network setting built into the wireless protocol, limiting the connectivity speed of the new standard at least temporarily.

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Briefly: AirPort Extreme teardown, Microsoft updates Office for Mac

06/12, 2:20pm

iFixit's tear down reveals one of Apple's most repairable products

Tech site iFixit has uploaded a new teardown for the latest AirPort Extreme, Apple's first 802.11ac wireless base station. Opening the device revealed an interior space to allow for a hard drive to be installed, however hopes of at-home storage upgrades were dashed by no available plug-in options on the logic board. The AirPort Extreme offers a Delta Electronics 12V, 5A power supply, much akin to Mac Mini technology. Thanks to a simply disassembly iFixit staff have categorized the wireless base station, along with Apple TV and Mac Mini, as the most repairable Apple product in recent history.

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Apple updates AirPort utilities to reflect new bases, 802.11ac

06/10, 9:45pm

Compatible with 802.11n, does not add 'ac' capabilities

Apple has issued updates for the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule, releasing minor upgrades for the firmware (now at version 7.7.1) and AirPort Utility software (now at version 6.3) to add compatibility for the newly-announced, redesigned AirPort hardware that supports the forthcoming 802.11ac standard. The new standard, which uses the 5GHz bandwidth of 802.11n, is backward-compatible with earlier Wi-Fi but supports faster speed and greater range. The new MacBook Air is the first model to feature 802.11ac.

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AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule updated with 802.11ac, beamforming

06/10, 2:30pm

Beamforming to improve performance for specified devices

Phil Schiller has revealed updated versions of its AirPort base stations at WWDC, made to accommodate the improved Wi-Fi in the revised MacBook Air, confirming earlier rumors. The new AirPort Extreme and Time Capsules can now connect wirelessly over three-stream 802.11ac, which will provide up to 40-percent faster file transfers compared to previous versions the networking performance of 802.11n connections.

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Broadcom 802.11ac chipset spotted, may be used in new Macs

05/21, 1:00pm

Possibly compatible with previous models, facilitating third-party upgrades

A new Broadcom chipset spotted on a Chinese website may be a component of future Mac updates, bringing 802.11ac (known as "Gigabit Wi-Fi") and Bluetooth 4.0 to new models on a single chipset. Not only will the chip handle all wireless communication for future Mac models, but the new chip appears -- at first glance -- to be backward compatible with similar parts in recent models, opening up the possibility of aftermarket upgrades.

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D-Link puts AC1200 router with 802.11ac Wi-Fi on sale

03/31, 8:24pm

SharePort Mobile app allows attached drives to share stored files to cloud

D-Link has put the Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router on sale in the United States. Last shown at CES in January, the AC1200 offers dual-band speeds on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands of up to 300Mbps and 867Mbps for 802.11a, b, g, n, and ac devices, and can be remotely managed from a mobile device using an accompanying app.

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FCC pushes for 35 percent increase in Wi-Fi spectrum

02/21, 8:53am

Move aims to reduce hotspot congestion

The Federal Communications Commission is currently pushing to allocate additional spectrum for Wi-Fi devices, in an attempt to decrease hotspot congestion and improve performance. The proposal also aims to help accelerate the growth of the latest Wi-Fi technology that is capable of achieving wireless speeds in excess of one gigabit per second, likely referring to 802.11ac equipment that has begun to arrive on the market.

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Broadcom unveils fifth-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi chips

07/31, 7:00pm

Handles Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio, more on 40nm chip

Broadcom over the weekend introduced its latest consolidated multi-wireless chips, a combination of Bluetooth 4.0 and the forthcoming 802.11ac, which offers more than twice the speed of existing 802.11n technology and yet is up to six times more power-efficient handling the same amount of data. The new chips can also handle FM and conventional 802.11 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, and are expected to debut in early 2013 for use in smartphones and tablets.

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Asus gaming notebook first to feature full 802.11ac

06/07, 3:30pm

Fifth-generation Wi-Fi standard finally reaching consumers

Asus has unveiled its ROG G74VW gaming notebook, which will be the first consumer-oriented notebook to be fully compliant with 802.11ac, the fifth-generation Wi-Fi standard. The notebook is the result of a collaborative effort between Asus and Broadcom. The announcement of the new Asus notebook was followed by the debut of a new Asus dual-band router that also supports the Wi-Fi standard.

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Netgear ships first 802.11ac router, intros USB adapter

05/15, 5:40pm

Netgear announces new router and Wi-Fi adatpter using new standards

Netgear has released its first 802.11ac router using the new Wi-Fi specification. The R6300 router, which is said to be capable of combined Wi-Fi speeds of up to 1750Mbps, ships at the same time as announcements for a more budget-conscious R6200 router and the A6200 Wi-Fi dongle, aiming to be the first 802.11ac dual-band USB adapter to market.

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Buffalo 802.11ac Wi-Fi solution now available

05/14, 9:04am

Buffalo releases new-gen 802.11ac wireless router, media bridge

Buffalo has announced that its 802.11ac next-generation Wi-Fi solution is now on the market. It has jointly made available its AirStation WZR-D1800H wireless router and its WLI-H4-D1300 wireless media bridge available so users can hook straight up to Wi-Fi speeds 3 times faster than 802.11n and 30 percent faster than Gigabit Ethernet. The new router is also dual-band capable and will support older Wi-Fi devices.

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Qualcomm Atheros intros 802.11ac Wi-Fi ecosystem

02/23, 5:00am

Qualcomm Atheros whets appetite with 802.11ac

Qualcomm Atheros has announced its plans for a full product ecosystem to support Wi-Fi 802.11ac, the gigabit successor to 802.11n. Heading the lineup is its new WCN3680 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/FM module that OEM’s can pair with devices shipping with Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon S4 dual- and quad-core mobile processors. The new Wi-Fi standard can achieve speeds of up to 433Mbps in mobile phones, and up 1.3Gbps in tablets and PCs. This snap-in module will sit alongside the already built-in Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n capabilities of the S4 SoC, offering users compatibility with both the older standards and the latest simultaneously.

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