By PowerBuy // 12 February 2013 // Related Categories:

What does Gigabit wireless mean?
Gigabit wireless lets you access your network files via wireless at the same speed as if you were connected via cable. For supported laptops, tablets and mobiles this means you will see much faster speeds and better battery life thanks to the improved speeds and less time taken to transfer data.

What can it be used for?
Whilst faster wireless access is great for all things Internet-related, the new standard was actually developed to improve video streaming. Providing Gigabit Wi-Fi speeds lets you download faster and large video or music files without disruption.

How fast will it be?

Theoretically, this new technology will be able to transfer at speeds of up to 1.3Gbps (or 1300Mbps) which is faster than most cabled office networks. The graph below shows how the speeds compare with previous wireless technologies. Gigabit wireless is about 20 times faster than what you would experience if your laptop was more than 5 years old, and it’s about 3 times faster than the most recent laptops and tablets.

Do I have to upgrade my laptops and devices?
The technical name for Gigabit wireless is 802.11ac (also known as 5G Wi-Fi) and to benefit from the fast speeds your network card (inside your computer or device) needs to be compatible with 802.11ac. If you have an older version (802.11g or 802.11n) it will still connect to a Gigabit Wi-Fi access point but you won’t get to enjoy the lightning fast speeds.

When should I upgrade?
If you are in the market for a new laptop, tablet or phone, then look for a model that includes 802.11ac wireless. In the coming months you will also want to upgrade your router to a model that includes an 802.11ac access point so that you can enjoy the true 5G experience. These routers are just starting to launch in Australia, but options are still limited.

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