Hopefully once more of these ac routers come out toms can do some testing, really curious to see if it'll be worth it eventually to upgrade my still new wireless N gear. Hopefully some overheating shenanigans will be fixed in this generation Get on it Chris!!
"This should be ideal for family members who typically fight over bandwidth for streaming seamless video from Netflix or Hulu."
Oh boy, I cannot wait for a 1750Mbps wireless router to fix all my streaming internet video problems. This will make my 3Mbps DSL connection fly!
To the uninitiated, to fully utilize your 5, 10, 20Mbps internet connection, a 54Mbps 802.11g is more than sufficient. The weak point isn't the local wireless speed, it's the overpriced bandwidth from cable and telephone providers who refuse to reinvest in truly high speed networks.
[citation][nom]1jadedattcustomer[/nom]To the uninitiated, to fully utilize your 5, 10, 20Mbps internet connection, a 54Mbps 802.11g is more than sufficient.[/citation]
To the uninitiated, wireless networking has very large overhead, around 30% even with a very good connection. If your connection is poor, you can easily lose the majority of your bandwidth to retransmits and other WiFi overhead. Long story short, your 54 Mbps router is not providing anywhere near 54 Mbps unless you are inches from the router, and even then you'll lose some bandwidth.
Multiple people sharing the network will further reduce your bandwidth, as will increasing your distance from the router, putting obstacles in the path and interference from other sources of 2.4 GHz radiation. Bandwidth overhead is sky high in most home wireless networks.
A decent 802.11n router is plenty for most applications, but 54 Mbps is not usually enough for smooth streaming of HD video over the internet. 802.11ac is of questionable value to people who already have an 802.11n network, though there are still great applications for it, like local streaming (rapidly rising in popularity with the proliferation of set top boxes), network attached storage and local file transfers.
Sticking with my full-duplex jumbo-frame CAT6 GbE network, and wishing CAT6a had been out when I built my house. I do use WiFi, but not for streaming video. And not for connecting file/media servers or HTPCs. If anything, I'll get an -11ac AP when I want less interference from neighbors impacting my BW.