5G WiFi Ground Zero – Broadcom NETGEAR launch event

Here is the video of the 5G WiFi launch event that happened in San Francisco today. Hear Michael Hurlston, SVP Broadcom talk about the pervasiveness of Wi-Fi today, and the benefits of 5G WiFi. Patrick Lo, NETGEAR’s CEO talks to their leadership in the networking space. David Henry, NETGEAR’s VP Product Marketing demonstrates why 5G WiFi & the R6300 Wi-Fi routers are an absolute must for future proofing your home network.

NETGEAR Unveils 5G WiFi Routers and Notebook Adapter

At a joint event with Broadcom in San Francisco today, NETGEAR announced the first 802.11ac adapter for notebooks, and showed two versions of routers.

The A6200 WiFi Adapter is the first USB 802.11ac-based adapter on the market for client devices like notebook computers. The A6200 notebook adapter docks to client devices using a USB 2.0 port. It’s expected to cost about $69 and will ship in August.

David Henry, vice president of product management for NETGEAR, told a crowd of reporters that the high-end, three-stream R6300 is available online Thursday for the previously announced price of $199.99 and is expected to be available in retail stores by the end of the week.

NETGEAR also unveiled the R6200, a two-stream, mid-range version of the R6300 that will retail for about $179.99 beginning in July.

aLL devices use Broadcom 5G WiFi chips to deliver up to 1,300 Mbps speeds on the 5 GHz band, plus additional coverage in the earlier 2.4 GHz band for combined performance well above the Gigabit range.

Both the adapter and routers are backward compatible with previous Wi-Fi routers and clients.

Michael Hurlston, senior vice president at Broadcom, said he expects that 802.11ac technology will be integrated into PCs during the third quarter of this year, followed by televisions in the fourth quarter, and finally mobile phones in early 2013, largely due to their differing development cycles.

Earlier this week, BuffaloTechnology shipped its first 5G WiFi router.

Belkin Intros 5G WiFi Routers for Gigabit-Speed Home Networking

Belkin International, creators of people-inspired products and technology solutions, today announced plans to become one of the first to market with a line of wireless Gigabit-speed dual-band home network routers using the new 802.11ac wireless networking standard.

The new Belkin routers, expected to be available in June, will feature 5G WiFi chips from Broadcom Corporation. 5G WiFi or 802.11ac chips provided wireless transmission speeds up to three times faster than existing technology for higher performance and reliability and lower power consumption.

“802.11ac technology provides the wireless networking backbone needed to reliably handle the increasing amount of mobile devices and streaming content on today’s home networks,” said Mike Chen, senior director of networking at Belkin. “We are excited to partner with Broadcom to bring cutting-edge Wi-Fi products to market this summer that not only provide great speed and coverage, but also enhance the online streaming experience for videos, movies, and music throughout the home.”

The gigabit data rates of 5G WiFi enable dramatically faster file syncing, music and movie downloads to mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets. The higher speeds also save battery life, while the focused transmission beam extends the throughput and reliability of the router.

Michael Hurlston, Broadcom’s senior vice president of Wireless Combo Connectivity, said Belkin is “strongly positioned to help drive the transition to the fifth generation of Wi-Fi.”

“By incorporating Broadcom’s 5G WiFi chips, Belkin’s new products will improve home wireless range, provide faster video streaming, enable simultaneous connection of multiple devices to the network, and deliver broader coverage-all with a longer battery life,” said Hurlston. “We’re thrilled to partner with Belkin to help bring all the benefits of 5G WiFi to consumers.”

The lineup of products powered by Broadcom’s 5G WiFi technology continues to grow. Last month, NETGEAR unveiled its 5GWiFi-powered router.

Broadcom is the first chip company to release 5G WiFi devices using the emerging 802.11ac standard.

For more information about Belkin’s 5G WiFi products, visit www.Belkin.com/networking/ac-routers.  Belkin can also be found on the web at Belkin.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/belkin, and on Twitter at Twitter.com/belkin.

Broadcom Gets Award for 5G WiFi Technology at Interop 2012

Broadcom’s family of 5G WiFi or 802.11ac chips were honored this week as being some of the best at the Interop conference in Las Vegas. The devices were named Best New Product with the 2012 Network Products Guide Hot Companies and Best Products Award.

Broadcom was the first to introduce chips using the new 802.11ac wireless technology and has created some early excitement around the concept of 5GWiFi. Already, companies are rolling out products that will use the new technology – NETGEAR being the first – and others are excited about the potential that it will offer. The technology promises a more robust and more seamless experience around digital content, such as video, and the capabilities of sharing that content across a number of devices, including televisions, mobile phones, tablet computers and traditional PCs.

Well, this is exciting…

The first 5G WiFi product has been announced: the NETGEAR R6300 will ship with Broadcom’s 3×3 802.11ac/5G WiFi chip next month at a low, low price of about $200.

If you were so inclined to try out 5G WiFi, you could buy two units and use them for bridging – essentially, you could use the second unit to extend the range over which you could achieve the highest data synchronization rates.  Normally, your 11n throughput would be reduced because the bridge needs to maintain two links (one to your PC; one to the router.) But with the two routers completing transactions more quickly using 802.11ac, there would be more time left over for the bridge to connect to your PC using 802.11n. Or if you wanted to be the first person on your block to demonstrate 5G WiFi’s maximum speeds, you could go back to what I did in the dawn of Wi-Fi and plug an ethernet cable directly into the bridge router and use it as a very large external wireless card on your PC.

In the near-term, there will be many more 5G WiFi devices on the market, ranging from smartphones to tablets to 5G-enabled laptops and television sets.  You’ll be able to do data synchronization at up to 1300 Mbps, which would be a huge improvement relative to today’s automatic wireless backup devices – mine averages about 40 Mbps, and when I transfer data between legacy 802.11g devices through the router, it didn’t even hit 3 Mbps.  When I want to copy a video onto my current phone, it can take hours; 5G WiFi will reduce this to a matter of minutes.

You’ll also see a significant improvement in your media streaming experience.  Not only will you be able to transfer video from media devices to your PC or phone more quickly, but you’ll see much better performance when you’re actually sharing that video onto an HDTV.  Broadcom’s 5G WiFi chipsets have numerous features that not only extend the range of the highest Wi-Fi data rates, but also reduce the impact of signal fading, which eliminates the periodic video skipping and loss of fidelity that I’ve become so used to when watching TV over the internet.

As with most new technologies, it’s difficult to predict how people will use 5G WiFi once it’s in the marketplace. But as the guy who didn’t see the point of Wi-Fi in the first place, I’m expecting to find out about a whole bunch of different use cases that I never expected.

NETGEAR is First to use Broadcom 5G WiFi Solution

As noted by Engadget and others this morning, NETGEAR announced that its R6300 router is first to use the Broadcom 802.11ac (5G WiFi) chipset in a production device. The router will ship next month for $199.

A NETGEAR release said the R6300 is the first 802.11ac dual band gigabit WiFi router, providing 5th generation WiFi (5G WiFi) at gigabit speeds. The router is also backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n, enabling optimum interoperability with legacy WiFi devices.

“802.11ac is the next-generation of WiFi connectivity and is set to revolutionize the way we consume content wirelessly by delivering Internet speeds up to three times faster than consumers are used to experiencing,” said David Henry, vice president of product management, retail products at NETGEAR. “NETGEAR’s leadership in the industry, and collaboration with Broadcom to introduce the first 802.11ac router, will future proof your network by ensuring your home is capable of supporting new faster 802.11ac devices as they begin to roll out this year.”

NETGEAR noted that the upcoming 802.11ac wireless standard is the world’s fastest WiFi, providing gigabit WiFi speeds and allowing for web content to download faster, and large video or music files to synch more quickly. The increased speed of 802.11ac technology is ideal for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, by providing three times the performance for a similar amount of battery consumption of devices utilizing the current 802.11n WiFi standard, said the release.

The NETGEAR R6300 WiFi Router is powered by Broadcom’s 5G WiFi IEEE 802.11ac chips, which are up to three times faster than today’s 802.11n routers.

With an elegant new design that fits perfectly in consumers’ living spaces, the router increases the coverage area for HD streaming in the home, said the release. The NETGEAR R6300 WiFi Router has speeds of up to 1300 Mbps on 5GHz and 450 Mbps on 2.4GHz enabling consumers to download web content from any device in the home in a fraction of the time it would take on a similar 802.11n device.

The NETGEAR R6300 WiFi Router includes a variety of features and apps that enable mobile access to music, video and photo files, command printers, provide guest access, stream to DLNA-compatible devices such as Smart TVs and game consoles, provide parental controls, and automatically secure WiFi access out-of-the-box.

NETGEAR on 802.11ac – the 5th generation of Wi-Fi

Watch NETGEAR highlight the benefits of 802.11ac – the standard that 5G WiFi implements. The video talks to the increased speeds, range and reliability that 5G WiFi offers. It also lucidly explains beamforming – a key 5G WiFi innovation.