We already knew that the latest 802.11ac Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN) communications standard was on the way, also known as 5G Wi-Fi, but what good is a standard if there are no devices to support it. Well, Broadcom has just made the move of freeing us further from the shackles of ethernet, by releasing their first family of IEEE 802.11ac chips.
802.11ac uses the 5GHz band to provide multi-station WLAN throughput of at least 1 gigabit per second. The new standard’s capabilities are obviously suited for high-speed video streaming, like HD content. It will also help speed up substantially all file transfers over WLAN. 5G Wi-Fi also promises fewer dead spots and better battery life for portable devices, since transfers will now happen so much faster.