802.11ac access points
With wireless data rates starting at 433Mbps, new wireless routers based on 802.11ac will more than triple wireless speeds, giving the technology the nickname Gigabit Wi-Fi. Already Netgear, Asus and Belkin have produced what they describe as 802.11ac routers based on the specifications agreed to so far. Cisco promises that next year it will ship a module for its Aironet 3600 access points (pictured) that will transform them into 802.11ac devices. Others will follow, creating an opportunity for faster networks but potentially significant infrastructure prep to support them.