802.11ac Wi-Fi has truly impacted the wireless networking market. While only a small number of IP-enabled devices including phones and PCs currently have 802.11ac compatible chips, users of those devices are clearly enjoying faster speeds and longer communication ranges. Some of the other benefits associated with this recently introduced technology include:
- super fast Wi-Fi that far surpasses the old 802.11n standard,
- the possibility of replacing outdated wired Ethernet connections,
- larger bandwidth for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and video conferencing applications, and
- better options for mobile range and channel width.
This new form of Internet connectivity has taken the wireless and remote market by storm. Businesses are guaranteed higher speeds and connectivity that support VoIP and a range of other high-end applications. Customers will have future-proof networking along with a stronger foundation for cloud-based and real-time applications. Now is the time to get a jump start and adopt the 802.11ac interface.
The Features of 802.11ac
Based on its specifications and properties, 802.11ac is three times faster than the old 802.11n model. It can also deliver lighting fast speeds to devices across greater distances with less signal issues than its predecessor. It is able to achieve these feats due to the following signature features:
- 802.11ac broadcasts on the 5 GHZ band, which is quieter and has less interference than the 2.4 GHZ band.
- It has a wider range of channels – 256 signals as opposed to only 64 signals in 802.11n.
- It utilizes eight spatial streams to secure more bandwidth and storage capability.
- 802.11ac has standardized beam-forming technologies that allow it to easily identify other compatible devices across a wide range, which is superior to traditional Wi-Fi mechanisms that broadcast indiscriminately in multiple directions.
The SD-WAN and 802.11ac Wi-Fi
With HD voice and video streaming services continuing to grow at unprecedented rates, switching over to 802.11ac is a sensible move as it ensures faster communications with a wider range of features. While it may seem to be the perfect solution for companies seeking faster speeds, evolving the wide area network (WAN) is not as simple as adding new 802.11ac compliant routers and endpoints. This move should be accompanied by a smart approach to a company’s WAN.
Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) is designed to handle today’s most intricate and widely used applications. This includes VoIP, video conferencing, and other important programs. WAN is always searching for the best paths to take while monitoring metrics like packet loss and jitter. By determining and securing an optimal route for traffic flow, it accentuates the high-speed performance on 802.11ac, resulting in a comprehensive and cohesive networking environment.
Securing 802.11ac Access
Consumers can easily secure optimal access by purchasing compatible routers and 802.11ac-enabled devices. The same can be said for enterprises wishing to overhaul or upgrade their existing network infrastructures. Whether for business or personal use, 802.11ac is the next big thing in Wi-Fi communications.