These days most people connect their devices to the internet wirelessly. There aren’t many who still use wired connections even though they are far more secure and generally quite a bit faster. However, the latest news may mean that low speeds are going to be a thing of the past soon.
According to a reliable source, Apple has gone into collaboration with Broadcom to supply their new range of Macs with an 802.11 ac compatible chipset. Not sure what that means? 802.11n runs at speeds of up to 450 Mbps with one antenna on the router, although it needs three . 802.11ac will run, on a 3 antenna router at speeds of around 1.3 Gbps.
Broadcom are one of the few who actually supply chipsets with this kind of support and, if the rumour is correct, the next few years should see more and more manufacturers making this technology possible in their devices, meaning faster wireless speeds for everyone.
You will need a new router if yours does not already support 802.11ac. Some of the routers available on Amazon.com include manufacturers such as Netgear for $200, Asus routers for between $275 and $300 and one called WD MyNet that supports 802.11 a, b, g, n and ac for around $285. Most, if not all of the routers are dual band and come in a range of different models.