WiFi speeds getting you down? Linksys has this week added 802.11ac to more than just the big flagship router, bringing awesomesauce speeds to more people.
Ever since 802.11ac was unveiled at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, it’s been a hot topic here because of what it brings: faster speeds, greater range, and the ability to send higher resolution videos across a network to a TV.
Obviously, to make 802.11ac work in the home, you need an 802.11ac router, or a modem router, which tends to be the preferred device in Australia if you have an ADSL connection (ADSL/ADSL2/ADSL2+).
We don’t see as many of these as we want, thanks to how many homes overseas rely on fibre as opposed to ADSL, but Linksys is bringing two modem routers to Australia shortly.
As such, in the next few weeks, you can expect to see the XAC1900 and XAC1200 AC modem routers, two devices that are not only compatible with ADSL2 connections, but also with the National Broadband Network.
Both devices are dual band, meaning they work across 2.4 and 5GHz for offering different amounts of performance for devices that demand higher speeds than others, with the XAC1900 providing a 600Mbps and a 1300Mbps network, while the XAC1200 send the connection out at 300 and 867Mbps respectively.
They also both come with Gigabit ports for plugging things in that prefer fast wired speeds, like your TV and gaming consoles, while the USB ports mean you can plug in a hard drive or printer and make these gadgets wireless.
“Today’s consumers expect a strong and stable Wi-Fi signal at home to connect their ever-expanding collection of personal smart devices,” said Daniel Hall, Product Manager for Linksys in Australia and New Zealand.
“The new Linksys range helps them avoid burning through valuable minutes on their mobile data plans and enables them to seamlessly stream from mobile devices to connected TVs or tablets across all areas of the home. AC Wi-Fi technology will future proof the Australian home, ensuring an uncompromised and rich media experience is maintained as new devices are added to the network.”
Both modem routers should be arriving in stores shortly, with the XAC1900 fetching $350, while the XAC1200 will net a recommended retail price of $250.
To make the best use of the new modem routers and range extenders, you’ll need devices compatible with the 802.11ac technology, and for the most part, that means new smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
You’ll find flagships from 2013 barring ones produced by Apple will support the 802.11ac technology, with the rest of them (Apple included here) supporting 802.11n, which is backwards compatible with 802.11ac. As such, the 802.11n technology will work, but at 802.11n speeds and with 802.11n range, not with the higher bandwidth and range of 802.11ac.
That is, unfortunately, to be expected, as while the technology is backwards compatible, the benefits are not, but if you want better speeds and range throughout your home, you will need to upgrade the other devices considerably.