Wi-Fi to top 1Gbps by 2012

Hammacher Homepage 300x250“The IEEE has recently begun the first steps of voting on a major improvement to Wi-Fi standards due in two years,” Electronista reports.

“The 802.11ac standard should upgrade 802.11a to use 80MHz or even 160MHz channels that provide much more bandwidth than today,” Electronista reports. “Combined with about a 10 percent increase in efficiency for modulating the actual frequencies, the speedup should improve the theoretical transfer speeds to as much as 1Gbps, or more than three times the 300Mbps 802.11n reaches for now.”

Electronista reports, “The technology should become usable as a draft standard in late 2011 and should be completely approved by December 2012.”

Full article here.


  1. What use is 1Gbps wifi when broadband internet is barely 802.11/b speed, and no where near 802.11/g? And not a day goes by that we don’t read a story about the internet provides throttling down the flow of data. High speed wifi is nice when you’re on your own network, but until the ISPs decide to provide something more than 1Mbs this new spec is pointless.

  2. @Montex
    ISP’s aren’t likely to upgrade unless there is some future standard. Most providers should have some measure of fiber optic by then and any bottlenecks should be minimal. It would allow cableand phone companies to change their business models and offer true interactive high def tv.

  3. @montex

    depends where in the world you are. Here in the UK I could get 50Mbps for around £70/month, but was watching a TV show a couple of months ago that said we are way I think it was South Korea who have about 1Gbps already for around £10/month. The problem is that here in the UK and no doubt in the US we are stumped by cabling that has been in the ground for 40-50 years and can’t handle the bandwidth.

  4. I imagine it’s just a matter of time until HDTVs have built in wireless capable of receiving Blu-ray, 3D, or even Ultra High Definition streaming. The future is wireless, and internet speeds aren’t the only consideration.

  5. @montex

    In some parts of the world 1-2 GBps household internet access is common (eg Hong Kong), so this standard will actually “unthrottle” those wifi users who are limited by their wireless access speeds.

    Hopefully, when the US catches up, the new standard will be relevant.

  6. I’m no networking specialist but does this mean Apple could soon update Airport Base Stations, AP Express, & Airport Extreme Cards to these speeds via WiFi???

    Would be great for Screen Sharing & File Sharing if All Airport Components were that fast. Thats unless I’m Unaware of the Current Speeds of Airport. I’m only aware of those Speeds on Gigabyte Ethernet with our Macs & Base Stations

  7. @montex

    Your LAN would be speeded up. As one whom uses a NAS for my iTunes, it would be a great boost to my LAN speeds as I have three systems here that use Wi-Fi. 😀

  8. @Lilochris

    In theory Apple could start using this early, they adopted 802.11n when it was still in draft, however that would be at least 2011 and would require new hardware, it wouldn’t be a firmware update to existing devices.

  9. Verizon offers 50 MBPs down, so this is a standard that needs to be figured now.

    And could someone please tell me which ISPs are ‘throttling’ their customers? Not just the LimeWire servers, but the ordinary, maybe rent a movie a day plus video-conference and share some personal files crowd. The only place I ever hear about this is the FUD for ‘Net Neutrality’. I never hear it from the cable systems I service.

    I know it could be out there….that’s why I am asking.

  10. I figured we’d need new Hardware for this.. I remember back then when Apple Introduced 802.11n… Early 2006 Core Duo Macs were able to update Their Firmware/Software for a small $$$fee.

    All I want is that my Late 2006 iMac can last until then. Apple just replaced the screen after 3 years of use.

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