Benefits of 802.11 ac
802.11 ac is a wireless networking standard that provides high-throughput wireless local area networks (WLANs) on the 5 GHz band. It is retroactively referred to as Wi-Fi 5.
The benefits of 802.11 ac are numerous and include increased bandwidth, smart signaling and power efficiency. For example, beamforming improves range and speed by sending signals in a specific direction rather than broadcasting them in all directions. Beamforming also helps to reduce interference by focusing the wireless signal towards the connected devices.
11ac is able to deliver 3x to 10x power savings by employing Target Wait Time (TWT), which enables clients to sleep for extended periods without having to worry about being overheated or disconnected from the network. It also has a few other features that make it a clear winner for power saving, including extensive channel spacing and a basic service set coloring feature that deals with co-channel interference in the best way possible.
Beamforming is a clever technology that uses multiple antennas to help focus the signal in a particular direction to improve range and speed. It’s a great improvement over previous routers that were notorious for sending signals out in all directions at once, which was a waste of energy and caused slower connection speeds.
MU-MIMO is a new technology that allows 4 devices to communicate with the router simultaneously, instead of having one device connect at a time. This increases the number of connected devices and delivers more data to each device, which results in faster, more efficient connections for the user.