See also Wireless Networking and Multi-Band Wi-Fi in tech|
and Wi-Fi Mesh Networking below.
802.11n vs 802.11ac 802.11n and 802.11ac are both dual band routers with 2.4 and 5 GHz radios. 802.11ac can support more antennas, up to 8, and has a higher bandwidth per antenna vs 802.11n. 802.11n supportes four spatial streams (4×4 MIMO) and a channel width of 40MHz 802.11ac suports eight spatial streams and has channels up to 80MHz wide Does An AC Router Improve N Device Performance? - SmallNetBuilder They compared AC routers against the top-ranked ASUS RT-N66U as the reference N router. Download speed improvement: See more throughput comparisons below. See Also What is 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and how much faster than 802.11n is it? | ExtremeTech and Gigabit Wireless? Five 802.11ac Routers, Benchmarked - 802.11ac: Tom's Hardware My Tests 5 GHz vs 2.4 GHz. 2.4 GHz more penetrating power to go thru walls. More interference from other devices, cordless phones, baby monitors, etc. I got mixed results with a Netgear R6250 (AC1600) at our cabin thru a floor and 2 walls. 2.4 was faster some times and 5 GHz was faster others 5 Ghz - More bandwidth I got better throughput thru 4 walls on 5 GHz (117 Mbps) than with 2.4 GHz with the D-Link DIR-868L supplied by Optimum (Cablevision). My cordless phone is 1.9GHz so should have not been a problem on either band. In my tests tests thru a wall I got ARRIS DG1660A 802.11n 20 Mbps Netgear R6250 (AC1600) 130 Mbps Does your laptop support 802.11ac? Windows: See Using Device Manager to verify a network interface card | FiOS Internet Go to Control Panel > Device Manager look under Network Adapters Or you may have to click Network Adapter You may see things like Gigabit (Ethernet ) Controller, Bluetooth Device If you see something like "Intel dual band AC3160" or "Dell Wireless 802.11b/g/n" That is your Wireless adapter - AC3160 is an 802.11ac wireless adapter Or google the model of the Network Adapter to see what it supports You may also right-click on the adaptor in Device Manager, click Properties and then switch to the Advanced tab. You'll see a list of properties, one of which should mention 5GHz for an N or AC. See also Fix network connection issues in Windows 10 - Windows Help Mac: Go to About This Mac under the apple menu Go to "System Report > select Wi-Fi under network "Supported PHY Modes" will list which standards it supports Designation ACxxxx AC1900 = AC Standard 1900 Mbps total (600 Mbps on 2.4 GHz and 1300 on 5 GHz) To get higher than 1900 Mbps routers use 2 5Ghz radios (tri-band). See terms below for more specifications 2016-17 reviews Best wireless routers of 2016 - CNET Model Price Performance Asus RT-AC88U $300 9 Editors Choice Linksys WRT1900ACS $220 9 Netgear Nighthawk R7000 AC1900 $180 8 1 USB 3.0 +1 USB 2.0 The 10 Best Wireless Routers of 2017 | PCMag.com D-Link AC3200 4.5 Editors Choice Asus RT-AC68U -AC1900 4.5 Editors Choice Linksys EA7500 AC1900 4.0 Editors Choice Netgear Nighthawk X45 R7800 4.0 Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 4.0 Dual Band Router - Ranking | SmallNetBuilder
|Model||Netgear R6220 AC1200||Netgear R6250 AC1600||Netgear R7000 AC1900||Netgear R8000 X6 AC3200 4||Linksys WRT1900ACS||Asus RT-AC68U AC1900|
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|2nd 5 GHz||1300|
|CPU MHz||800MHz||800MHz dual-core||1GHz dual-core||1GHz dual-core||1.6GHz dual-core||800MHz dual-core|
|USB||2.0||3.0||2.0 + 3.0||2.0 + 3.0||2.0 + 3.0||2.0 + 3.0|
|Time Machine Support 3||y||y|
|Amazon score||4.1 (541)||3.9 (382)||4.3 (8,582)||3.9 (3,780)||4.3 (3,039)|
|WAN to LAN thruput (Mbps)||931||806||809||778|
1. The Netgear R6250 has 2 2.4 GHz antennas and 3 5 GHz antennas|
QoS - Quality of Service - pritorizes connections to give presidence for video streaming, gaming,
Smart connect - Selects fastest WiFi for each device
2. Cloud - Allow access from outside your network
3. Apple Time Machine backup software will work with a drive attached to the router.
4. The Netgear R8000 is a tri-band router with 2 5GHz radios.
See Other Tri-band Routers above
Router Charts - LAN to WAN Throughput - TCP
Consumer Reports (CR) - routers CR Tech - Electronics Buying Guide) CR Score Netgear AC1900 Nighthawk (R7000) 802.11ac $185 85 Netgear N750 (WNDR4300) 802.11n $90 77 Apple AirPort Extreme (6th gen) 802.11ac $185 73 D-Link AC190 (DIR-880L) 802.11ac $180 71 Linksys AC1900 802.11ac $200 71
Wi-Fi Mesh Networking
A wireless mesh network (WMN) is a communications network made up of radio nodes organized in a mesh topology.
It was originally for companies with multiple locations with nodes linked by satelite, wireless or traditional wired connections.
In 2016 a bunch mesh networks for large homes came on the market.
Terms: 802.11 - IEEE specifications for wireless local area networking (WLAN) DLNA - Digital Living Network Alliance - Certifies products for Audio, Video and Image TVs, PCs, Mobile Phones, NAS servers, DMAs DMA - Digital Media Adapter - Interface to devices like TVs and Stereos DOCSIS - Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification DOCSIS 3.0 - 2006 - IPv6 support, 4 channel, download bandwidth of 1.5 Gbit/s and upload of 150 Mbit/s based DSSS - Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (Radio Technology) HTTPS - Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (uses SSL) mDNS - multi-cast DNS MIMO - Multiple Input, Multiple Output - Antenna technology using multiple antennas MU-MIMO - Multi User MIMO NAS - Network Attached Storage (Hard drive accessible over the network) OFDM - Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (Radio Technology) PoE - Power over Ethernet SNMP - Simple Network Management Protocol - Remote management SSID - Service Set Identifier - Network name SSL - Secure Sockets Layer - Uses cryptographic protocols for secure network communications Wave 2 - WPS - Wi-Fi Protected Setup Links: Wireless B vs G vs N vs AC | What Is The Difference? The Best Wi-Fi Mesh Networking Kits for Most People | The Wirecutter Standard IP AddressesIEEE 802.11 - Wikipedia,