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Wi-Fi Alliance Begins Certifying 802.11ac

AUSTIN, Texas -- Wi-Fi technology has again made a significant leap in performance. Today, Wi-Fi Alliance launched its Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac certification program. Building on the high-performance foundation of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac products deliver whole-home coverage at two or even three times the speed of older Wi-Fi products and handle demanding applications such as Ultra HD and 4K video, multimedia, and rapid file transfer with ease. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac products arrive at a time when Wi-Fi use has exploded and adoption of demanding applications is on the rise. Recent polling conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of Wi-Fi Alliance reflects a number of relevant trends: -The number of Wi-Fi devices in U.S. households has doubled over the past five years. -There is an average of four devices now connected to the home Wi-Fi network during peak usage times. -Sixty percent of U.S. respondents indicated they are using Wi-Fi for multimedia applications more now than they were three years ago. -Among young people (18-24 years of age), Wi-Fi is more essential than traditional forms of entertainment – 69 percent of respondents in that age group said that a Wi-Fi outage would be more disruptive than a television outage in their home. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac products bring additional capacity, performance, and robustness to support the connected applications of today and tomorrow, at home, in public places, and in enterprise networks alike. The certification program, based on technology defined in the IEEE 802.11ac standard, takes Wi-Fi capabilities to new levels of performance: Higher data rates – Networks based on Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac can deliver data rates up to more than double those of a typical Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n network. For users, this means a network can support simultaneously streaming multiple HD-quality videos to multiple devices. Greater capacity – More devices can be simultaneously connected to a Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac network without reducing performance. Reduced latency – Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac products can deliver a higher-quality user experience with applications such as gaming or streaming music, where even the slightest delay can have a detrimental impact. Wi-Fi Alliance
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