For about a hundred dollars, the Amped Wireless REC15A promises to boost both your in-home Wi-Fi speeds and your range. Does it deliver? After testing one, I have near-wired wireless speeds in more places at my house.
With more TVs, tablets, phones, laptops and set-top boxes sucking down home Wi-Fi in every room of the house, I bought a great wireless range extender from Amped Wireless last year. Now, the company has a better model with 802.11ac and dual-band support.
Apple has acknowledged that some late 2013 models of the MacBook Pro and Mac Pro are having problems with Airplay mirroring and issued a potential fix.
Apple likes to let new radio technologies mature, so it’s hardly a shock that the newest Wi-Fi tech didn’t make its way into the iPad. But we’ll have to wait longer to see large-scale 802.11ac adoption in mobile.
The Wi-Fi Alliance has kicked off its 802.11ac certification program. First in line to get the official Wi-Fi stamp of approval was the Samsung Mega 6.3, followed by two other Mega variants and the Galaxy Active.
Buffalo Technology has wasted no time using the newly approved 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard: The company is now shipping its AirStation router that is capable of pushing wireless bits and bytes at 1.3 Gbps. The $179.99 device is also backwards compatible with older Wi-Fi standards.
Qualcomm announced chips that can take advantage of the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, allowing connected devices to move data up to three times faster than today. That’s important as we’re streaming HD video, remotely accessing PCs and playing video games through cloud services.
The clear winner of the home networking wars of the last few years has undoubtedly been Wi-Fi. The sheer number of Wi-Fi embedded devices, from laptops to smartphones, is being increasingly joined by pack of new consumer electronics device categories with Wi-Fi, such as Smart TVs and OTT set tops, which means the technology isn’t going anywhere soon. But it’s not without its limitations, and a pack of new technologies could serve as more capable replacements.