Trendnet unveils 13Gbps wireless router using 80211ac spec

first_imgUntil last week the fastest wireless routers on the market conformed to the 802.11n specification, and offered speeds anywhere up to 300Mbps. But over the coming months even that is going to start to look slow as routers appear that conform to the brand new 802.11ac specification.Trendnet looks to be the first out the gates with an 802.11ac wireless router and bridge. Both are capable of hitting speeds of 1.3Gbps while remaining backwards compatible with 802.11n devices as long as they use the same 5GHz band. Older, single band wireless-n gear therefore needs to be replaced.Trendnet’s 1300Mbps Dual Band Wireless AC Router (TEW-811DR) offers both a 450Mbps wireless-n band and the new 1300Mbps band. It also takes advantage of “Beam Forming” technology allowing a signal to transmit around objects such as walls, therefore extending the range or quality of the signal. You’ll also get access to gigabit ports for any devices sitting near the router e.g. a NAS.If you don’t need the router, Trendnet is also releasing a 1300Mbps Wireless AC Media Bridge (TEW-800MB) that allows up to four compatible media devices to connect using the 1300Mbps band. On the back there’s also four gigabit ports to take advantage of.For both the router and the bridge Trendnet has included video and audio packet prioritization, meaning if you’re streaming a HD movie or listening to music stored on your home’s NAS, you shouldn’t suffer any interruptions or a drop in quality.Unfortunately it looks like we’ll have to wait to get our hands on this 802.11ac kit. Trendnet has stated they won’t be coming to market until late this year. Read more at Trendnetlast_img read more