Which company was first to start shipping 802.11ac Wi-Fi
gear to customers? The answer last week seemed to be Buffalo Technology who made their AirStation AC1300 wireless router and bridge products available for purchase on a few online outlet sites. Meanwhile, Netgear announced the R6300 router
. Both company's routers technically support gigabit-speed networking, both featuring ratings of 1.3 Gbps
(but being marketed as 1300 Mbps apparently in fear that customers won't be able to do the math).
802.11ac has been anticipated for several years as the next big upgrade in Wi-Fi networking. In particular, it's faster speed enables better high-definition video streaming across home networks, a capability that other wireless standards, even current 802.11n technology, have struggled to deliver.
- Will 802.11ac Be The Next Big Thing? (2009)