Netgear announced its 1st 802.11ac-compatible Wi-Fi router, capable of delivering gigabit accelerates which is three times faster than current 802.11n routers. Topping out at 1300 Mbps in five Ghz mode and 450 Mbps in two.4 GHz, Netgear’s R6300 router can launch next month at a value of $199.99.
Netgear’s announcement is notable for Apple observers, because it seems that it’ll represent the primary shipping product primarily based on the 802.11ac technology and Apple has been rumored to be introducing support for the faster technology in its AirPort merchandise someday this year.
Broadcom has already launched its 1st set of 802.11ac 5G Wi-Fi chips, although the quality can probably not be finalized till later this year. However, it is routine for Wi-Fi product makers, together with Apple, to embrace upcoming technologies before they’re finalized. many different corporations are set to closely follow Netgear’s launch with their own merchandise, with Buffalo having announced a June launch for its 1st 802.11ac router.
Apple last updated its AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule Wi-Fi base stations merchandise in June 2011, whereas the smaller AirPort specific has not been updated since March 2008. Curiously, Apple was reported last September to be getting ready to launch an updated AirPort specific, with a reference to the device showing in developer seed notes for AirPort Utility at the time. Apple has not, however, launched such a tool.
Support for 802.11ac would clearly even have to be incorporated into Mac and iOS hardware so as for them to require advantage of the new speeds.
Apple was one in every of the leaders in early adoption of 802.11 Wi-Fi technology, with the first iBook being the primary mainstream pc to ship with the technology as an choice in 1999, returning within the variety of the first AirPort card running the 802.11b normal.