Asus promised to deliver the first next-generation 802.11ac router in January but nothing appeared — until now. The new device, sporting multi-user MIMO technology, is now at Best Buy. But at $280, it ain’t cheap.
Wilocity has dominated the still tiny WiGig chip market so far, but Nitero is bringing its first radio silicon to market, and it’s targeted directly at the smartphone.
Wilocity makes super-fast WiGig chips that can support 4K video streaming and instantaneous transfer of huge media files. With this acquisition, Qualcomm is moving the technology into mobile phones and tablets.
802.11ax will focus on individual device speeds rather than overall network capacity, creating a better wireless broadband experience, according to the Wi-Fi Alliance.
As Wi-Fi network technologies improve, the goal is no longer to provide super-fast connections to individual devices, but build networks that can support multiple simultaneous high-speed links.
We’re still a long a way from WiGig replacing all of the wires in our living rooms, but Dell is bringing the technology into the enterprise with its wireless docking station and WiGig equipped laptops.
The Wi-Fi Alliance is keeping WiGig separate from its storied Wi-Fi moniker. Instead, it’s trying to build a brand around WiGig that it hopes will one day be as instantly recognizable as Wi-Fi.
Certification for WiGig products meant to stream data over short distances at up to 6 Gbps may not happen in 2013 after all, which could delay products well into 2014.
Cisco’s love affair with the home networking market appears to over. In March it will sell Linksys to Belkin and the two companies will partner to attack the home networking space together.
Relying on a wireless home network is typically far cheaper than using mobile broadband for smartphones and tablets. Even with today’s new Wi-Fi products, however, coverage can still be an issue and thus use up precious cellular data. Netgear’s $39 Wi-Fi extender aims to solve that.