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PCWorld Breaks Down Best 802.11ac Routers
by Karl Bode 08:47AM Thursday Jan 09 2014 Tipped by camper See Profile
Back in 2012 hardware vendor executives openly admitted that initial versions of 802.11ac may not be worth it for users, but that later incarnations of hardware will prove to be significantly better. First-generation 802.11ac products are supposed to offer up to 1.3 Gbps via three spatial streams and 80-MHz-wide channels -- double the largest 40 MHz channel width currently seen in 802.11n hardware. Keep that in mind as you peruse PCWorld's list of the best and worse 802.11ac routers released last year. Spoiler: A decent 802.11ac still handily beats 802.11n gear, and PCWorld likes the Asus RT-AC68U AC1900 and Netgear Nighthawk routers the best assuming you don't mind the price tags.

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Re: Netgear Nighthawk R7000 works very well for me

said by MxxCon:

How much does Netgear pay your PR company to shill like that?

I am retired railroader, not a PR shill for anyone. I have used the devices discussed. And what exactly are you bringing to the discussion but groundless finger-pointing?

Miami, FL

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Won't buy AC until I find an actual use for it internally. I would rather have three 802.11N AP's spread across the house rather than a single 802.11ac AP.