Is 10 Gigabit Wi-Fi Networking Coming Next Year?

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John Wittenberg

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It's all well and good, but the fastest wireless AC card (not usb stick) that you can get for a laptop only supports 2x2 for 866 mbps (Intel AC 7260). It's been out for a year now with no 3x3 yet.

Show me a 3x3 AC card for laptops, and then I will start to believe that 8x8 showing up in the next 5 years is a possibility.
 

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Most networking companies are being lazy, what is the point of selling 3x3 routers if they are not going to sell 3x3 wifi adapters?

Asus is still the only one with an old 3x3 AC wifi adapter.

Furthermore, 8x8 will not be possible in most of the countries, it will only function in 3rd world countries.

The reason being is that many countries have troll organizations similar to the FCC which create stupid restrictions such as limiting the channels which can be used. for example, on the 5GHz band, we really only have about 4 channels, all of the others have such horrible restrictions that some router companies will not include them, and the ones that do, will pop up a warning if you try to use them because the FCC limits makes those channels slow and unreliable to use.

Going much higher than 5GHz, wil mean that higher performance wifi will require line of sight.

At the moment, 256QAM is already pushing the limits of modern wifi radios, as it requires a low noise floor and a very high signal strength, meaning 256QAM largely already requires line of sight at a range within about 15-20 feet.
 

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10GbE on wire is available with Thunderbolt 2 Networking
That method is more of a kludge. you are basically going back to the 1980's style computer networking where you do a round robin setup. It is also very expensive and less functional compared to modern 10gigabit ethernet network where you are basically paying $100 per 10 gigabit port.

Furthermore, thunderbolt has DMA, this makes it inherently less secure. It may be okay for 2 computers, but it will not stale in a practical fashion beyond that, especially due to the length limitations and cable costs, and round robin networking.
 

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And then it'll be hooked to a 10Mbs internet connection, and they'll try to stream everything, and not understand why it'll only do 10Mbs. ;-)
 

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There's a big gap between 1.7Gbps and 10Gbps. Either the article left out something critical, or this is another example of massively overselling a relatively minor advance (from 1.3 to 1.7).
 

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I think this is useless. Just pure marketing PR. The MiMo config have to be deployed in handheld devices as well. Even highend loptops today have 2xMiMo. Let alone 8x mimo.
 

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Before whipping out hyped-up 10gb "theoretical" routers, maybe they should work on getting more 10gb NICs into the mainstream. The way things currently stand, a "cheap" 10gbe switch is $100/port, same for onboard 10gbe, and a separate Intel PCIE adapter is ~$300. Basically it's where gigabit stood 10 years ago.

The problem with routers is some of them still have 100mb NICs, making the router itself the bottleneck. Gigabit is still considered a premium feature in this marketing-ruined industry.
 
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