At CES 2012, Wi-Fi networking is set to receive a speed boost with vendors showing off the latest 802.11ac networking devices. Yes, it's soon time to replace all of your Wi-Fi kit again. TRENDnet are one such manufacturer, coming out of the blocks in Las Vegas with a new 1.3 Gbps Wireless Router and Media Bridge.
802.11ac is a new wireless standard, currently under development and set for ratification in late 2012 and final approval in early 2013. That won't stop the networking guys bringing out devices that work with the new technology, however, as those of you who remember the swathe of “Pre-N” devices that hit the market will testify.
TRENDnet are showing off two 802.11ac devices in Las Vegas this week, the next generation 1300 Mbps Dual Band Wireless AC Router, model TEW-811DR, and 1300 Mbps Dual Band Wireless AC Media Bridge, model TEW-800MB.
The 1300 Mbps Dual Band Wireless AC Router is a concurrent dual band router with a 450 Mbps wireless n band to network everyday mobile devices and laptops and an ultra high performance 1300 Mbps wireless band. Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi Protected Setup are on board, as you'd expect. It ships in late 2012 at a price of over $200.
Meanwhile, TRENDnet's 1300 Mbps Wireless AC Media Bridge had four media devices to your network, providing Gigabit wireless speeds for media streaming and gaming. Expect to see that device for around $200 also at the end of the year. Time to get saving…