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Faster Wi-Fi

The latest Wi-Fi standard, coming to a laptop or base station near you, is two times faster than the previous.

January 2014

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In 2013 a new Wi-Fi standard, dubbed “ac,” was officially certified and adopted by the manufacturers who plan to use it. By the end of this year, experts predict ac devices will make up the majority of the Wi-Fi market.

With the average number of Wi-Fi devices in U.S. homes doubling every five years, home Wi-Fi networks are struggling during peak demand. The new standard largely avoids this problem — and requires less power consumption.

Cell phone companies are expected to take advantage of ac technology by increasingly deploying Wi-Fi hotspots to offload traffic from their congested networks.

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