The latest Wi-Fi ac standard promises faster connections and improved performance

“The MU-MIMO (Multi User, Multi Input Multi Output) is perhaps the most anticipated feature of the upgraded standard”This just in: The Wi-Fi alliance has announced the latest generation of its technology, in the form of the updated Wi-Fi Certified ac. The new standard promises improved performance, better power management and higher capacity, while at the same time boosting connection speeds.

The new standard is based on IEEE 802.11ac, and requires routers and devices (which want to comply with the standard) to offer wider channel bandwidth (up to 160MHz from 80MHz), four spatial streams, extended 5GHz channel support and MU-MIMO capabilities. The current fastest speed is three spatial stream-based, so a quad stream is likely to usher in faster speeds.


The MU-MIMO (Multi User, Multi Input Multi Output) is perhaps the most anticipated feature of the upgraded standard, as it is likely to enable a router to send data to multiple devices at the same time. This essentially entails Wi-Fi devices of different certifications to connect to a router without slowing the others down.

The new standard also allows for more features under the moniker of ‘Wave 2’, which include multi gigabit-per-second data rates and enabling devices to handle 4K streaming with ease. This will come with the popularisation of dual-band networking which offer double the capacity of conventional networks.


So, what does this mean for the average consumer? Devices that will launch in the future with the upgraded Wi-Fi ac certification will offer better speeds, better bandwidth and better consistency. Add to this the fact that routers can stream connectivity to devices without slowing them down, and you’re looking at a foolproof solution on improving overall connectivity. 

However, all this being said, the Wi-Fi ac standard is merely a suggested blueprint on which OEMs will have to work upon by their own choice. The real differences will come to the fore when more tech corps begin adhering to the standard in the near future. So even if the Wi-Fi alliance claims the ac standard will ‘dominate the market in the next five years’, it all boils down to the OEMs ultimately.

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