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Meet 60GHz Wi-Fi, the insanely fast future of wireless networking

Michael Brown | March 7, 2013
Get ready for a ridiculous boost in wireless networking speed. Two camps are competing to deliver wireless components that are at least seven times faster than today's gigabit (IEEE 802.11ac) routers. By harnessing spectrum in the unlicensed 60GHz frequency band, these devices will be capable of offering more bandwidth than hardwired USB 3.0 connections.

In the meantime, routers and client adapters based on the IEEE 802.11ac Draft 2.0 standard will continue to be the fastest wireless network technology on the market. If you're interested in buying one of those products, see my reviews of the Asus RT-AC66U, Belkin AC 1200 DB, Buffalo WZR-1800H, D-Link DIR-865L, and Netgear R6300. I've also reviewed Cisco's Linksys EA6500 and Western Digital's My Net AC1300.

Care to share your thoughts and speculation about 60GHz networks? Hit the comments section and let us know.


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