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WiFi Alliance Announces New ac Certification Features

Discussion in 'General Wireless Discussion' started by sfx2000, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. sfx2000

    sfx2000 Part of the Furniture

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    Austin, TX, June 29, 2016 – Wi-Fi Alliance® is expanding Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ ac to include new features that provide a higher-performance mobility experience. New “wave 2” features enable Wi-Fi® to more efficiently handle high-bandwidth applications from an increasing number of smartphones, tablets, TVs, and other consumer electronics devices simultaneously connected to Wi-Fi networks. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac delivers greater network capacity and multi-gigabit speeds to benefit consumers, service providers, and enterprises.
    http://www.wi-fi.org/news-events/ne...ldee=bWF0dC5icmlhbkBlbmdhZGdldC5jb20=&urlid=0
     
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  2. RMerlin

    RMerlin Super Moderator

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    Wow, it was on schedule as previously planned! <clap>
     
  3. sm00thpapa

    sm00thpapa Very Senior Member

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    Great article. Speed is nice but I also want more range. :)
     
  4. sfx2000

    sfx2000 Part of the Furniture

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    Should note the reference platforms

    The first Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac products to support new features and which comprise the test bed for interoperability certification are:

    • Broadcom BCM94709R4366AC
    • Marvell Avastar 88W8964
    • MediaTek MT7615 AP Reference Design and MT6632 STA Reference Design
    • Qualcomm IPQ8065 802.11ac 4-stream Dual-band, Dual-concurrent Router
    • Quantenna QSR1000 4x4 802.11ac Wave 2 Chipset Family
     
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  5. paraplu

    paraplu Regular Contributor

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    Hmmm QSR1000, isn't that the chip which vendors replaced?
     
  6. sfx2000

    sfx2000 Part of the Furniture

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    Their entry into the consumer market was a bit tough, but they've had good performance and reputation in certain vertical sectors (namely operator provided premises equipment).

    I see a lot of them in wireless video bridges (think the wireless set-top box, and QTN is usually on one or both sides).
     
  7. paraplu

    paraplu Regular Contributor

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    Most consumers with this, apparently wave-2 approved QSR1000, are not amused. It does not work as advertised. Worse: it is not stable. We may hope it improves in future.
     
  8. pete y testing

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    you wont be seeing any single transmission with greater range as we have reached max eirp , we will however be seeing more in the way of multi point / mesh type applications that will give you better coverage

    the main issue here is the lag in client devices capable of these wave 2 specs and features , almost no current client devices can or will do mu-mimo , no current devices can do 4 x 4 160mhz ,

    so as usual we have routers with features coming out the wazoo but no adapters to take advantage of it , and the only way to take advantage of the speed or multiple users is to buy new adapters for the most part

    i will say the extra 5 gig channels are welcome
     
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  9. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    Now vendors using BRCM 4x4 have no excuse for not releasing final MU-MIMO firmware.
     
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    pete y testing Very Senior Member

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    i will say however im looking forward to testing the asus pce-ac88 and its performance claims against using something like an asus rt-ac88u in media bridge mode once the new standard hits the firmware
     
  11. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    Don't get too excited. The "wave 2" (I really dislike that term) certification additions don't include 1024 QAM. wifi_wave2-certs.jpg
     
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    That's because NitroQAM (tm) is not in the standard - hence no traceability to a specification.
     
  13. sm00thpapa

    sm00thpapa Very Senior Member

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    So can a firmware update include the 160MHz channels say like on my RT-AC88U? It gets harder everyday to be a router enthusiast.
     
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  14. sfx2000

    sfx2000 Part of the Furniture

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    160 MHz channels are optional, and in many countries, might not be possible without DFS in any event.
     
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  15. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    No. Requires hardware that supports it.
     
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  16. sm00thpapa

    sm00thpapa Very Senior Member

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    Oh wow! Guess I'll be acquiring another router when all this launches. Thanks Tim.
     
  17. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    Why would you even bother without having client devices that support 160MHz?
     
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  18. sm00thpapa

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    Just like to have the newest technology. But you're right I may hold off for a few years. I have enough routers in my possession to fulfill my home network needs.
     
  19. Darcy

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    Their is no way you are holding off for a few years...lol
     
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  20. SoCalReviews

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    Lol! That's the last bite of ice cream I'm going to have...

    ...for now. :D
     
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