eWeek reported this week that Cisco will be the first to break the 1-Gigabit barrier on Wi-Fi networks when it introduces an 802.11ac access point in 2013. Cisco says it will introduce an 802.11ac module in the first half of next year that can plug into an existing Cisco Aironet 3600 access point.
802.11ac is the successor to 802.11n and is currently still being developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) standards body. While wired networks already exist at speeds 1G-bps and even much higher, there wasn’t an access point capable of taking wireless networks to the same level until now. Of course, there also aren’t any wireless products operating on the 802.11ac standard yet either (most are now 802.11n), but they shouldn’t be far behind now that an access point has been announced. eWeek also reports that Cisco’s competitors, including Hewlett-Packard, are not far behind Cisco in the race to the next wireless standard.
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