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ASUS Intros Lineup of 802.11ac Products Including First 5G WiFi Laptop

Signals Rapid Adoption of 5G WiFi Across Product Segments

At COMPUTEX, ASUS introduced an entire ecosystem of products using 5th generation Wi-Fi (5G WiFi) based on the 802.11ac standard.  The new products, which include the RT-AC66U Wireless Router , the G75VW gaming laptop PC and the P8Z77-V series motherboard, feature Broadcom (NASDAQ: BRCM) 5G WiFi chips which deliver Ethernet-quality speeds three times faster and with six times the power efficiency of previous generations of Wi-Fi devices.

ASUS RT-AC66U Gigabit Router

The ASUS RT-AC66U Gigabit wireless dual-band router is one of the first in the world to offer 802.11ac Wi-Fi, combining 2.4GHz/5GHz bands for a 1.75Gbps bandwidth. Its USB integration allows it to easily act as a multi-role device with server capabilities.

ASUS PCE-AC66 and USB-AC53 client devices provide 802.11ac compatibility to various devices using PCI Express and USB interfaces, respectively.

G75VW Gaming Notebook – the world’s first 5G WiFi laptop

Featuring Intel® 3rd generation Core™ i7 processors and the latest NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660M/670M GPUs with up to 3GB of GDDR5 VRAM, up to 16GB of DDR3 DRAM and support for dual hard drives in RAID 0/1, the G75 redefines what is possible with a gaming notebook. The dual-fan intelligent thermal mechanism ensures the system runs cooler, for longer, forcing the competition into submission. Active shutter glasses with NVIDIA 3D LightBoost™ technology on a Full HD screen, a built-in subwoofer and ASUS SonicMaster Lite audio further enhance the gaming experience.

The ease of deployment of low-cost wireless networks has brought a massive increase in the number of devices using wireless connectivity. As the performance of these devices improves, greater demand is being placed on networks for video and other high-bandwidth applications. This puts tremendous stress on legacy 802.11a/b/g/n networks, resulting in noticeably deteriorated performance, choppy videos and slower load times.

5G WiFi dramatically improves home wireless range, providing faster video streaming, the ability to connect multiple devices to the network simultaneously, broader coverage, and longer battery life. By incorporating 5G WiFi into its new access point, PC and motherboard, ASUS is one of the first companies to introduce an ecosystem of products that will deliver the benefits of 5G WiFi and further propel the this next wave of wireless innovation.

ASUS Rolls out 5G WiFi Dual-Band Router

ASUS, the Taiwan-based maker of PCs, laptops, mobile phones and servers, rolled out several new products at COMPUTEX today, including a new dual-band, Gigabit router featuring 5th generation WiFi (5G WiFi) technology, enabling wireless speeds up to three times faster than existing routers.

The new ASUS RT-AC66U router uses combined 2.4GHz/5GHz bandwidths, coupled with exclusive ASUS AiRadar signal amplification and shaping technology, to achieve 1.75 Gigabits per second – a massive data rate increase that makes it an excellent choice for demanding online applications.

One of the world’s first dual-band wireless routers to support the advanced 802.11ac wireless protocol, and among the first to achieve Gigabit wireless speeds, the RT-AC66U maintains the ASUS tradition of networking excellence established by previous ASUS high speed routers. It allows for easy and fast setup in just three steps with the ASUSWRT dashboard, and upholds strict QoS standards for the most reliable networking and download multitasking available. With QoS, the RT-AC66U has better bandwidth optimization and offers Download Master capabilities, which mean fast background downloading even post-shutdown. Up to eight SSIDs are supported, so users can easily setup distinct networks with different access privileges and levels of security without having to compromise passwords. The RT-AC66U supports the new IPv6 standard for better packet transmission and addressing.

USB applications extend router versatility

With its twin USB ports, the RT-AC66U becomes a true multi-role device. Attaching a 3G dongle allows it to share 3G connections among several users on different devices, while full DLNA compatibility affords smooth connectivity with a variety of entertainment platforms, including game consoles, Blu-ray players, smart TVs, and set-top boxes. The RT-AC66U can also serve as a dedicated FTP server and printer server, letting users share resources for greater productivity while reducing costs as there is no need to buy standalone server hardware.

Full 5G WiFi product lineup

In addition to the RT-AC66U router, ASUS has also released the PCE-AC66 and USB-AC53 clients, both 5G WiFi capable. The dual-band PCE-AC66 offers a PCI Express client card for desktops, with 3 x 3 high-powered transmission. It can sustain 1.3Gbps in 5GHz and up to 450Mbps in the 2.4GHz band. For easy USB upgrades to 802.11ac, the USB-AC53 compact dongle plugs into any USB port, with 2 x 2 802.11ac. In 5GHz, the attachment can maintain 867Mbps, while in 2.4GHz it works at 300Mbps, achieving a total throughput of around 1.3Gbps. The PCE-AC66 and USB-AC53 are enabled by Broadcom’s 5G WiFi chips, and demonstrate ASUS technology leadership in bringing an 802.11ac ecosystem to consumers.

Further information on 5G WiFi can be found at www.5GWiFi.org

5G WiFi: The Standard for the Mobile Age

Increasingly, the Internet is moving to mobile devices. In fact, the speed of this migration has even taken social media platforms like Facebook by surprise.

Savvy tech companies will learn from this.

The stratospheric increase in the use of smart phones with sophisticated apps and web browsing abilities means that the platform is quickly reaching (and perhaps soon exceeding) the functional capabilities of current televisions and desktop PCs.

With their high performance processors and large data storage capabilities, smart phones are quickly becoming mini television sets and game players as well as mini computers.

The only significant bottleneck in the system is the wireless connection.

Current wireless standards simply don’t have the bandwidth to handle the applications that users are now expecting – and content providers are close to providing.

As a solution, the 5GWiFi or IEEE 802.11ac standard allows wireless networks keep pace with our constantly expanding use of computers, phones, and tablets, for both work and fun.

The new IEEE 802.11ac is a worldwide standard that offers at least triple the transmission speeds of current Wi-Fi products using IEEE 802.11n.

Even the slowest IEEE 802.11ac connection will be about as fast as a today’s USB 2.0 wired links, which are widely used in external storage and far better than existing wireless data rates.

This means that even on mobile devices, streaming video won’t freeze or sputter and Web downloads won’t slow to a crawl when multiple devices are in use, 5GWiFi provides a technology to ensure that the user experience is everything they expect.

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.

Buffalo Technology 5G WiFi Products in stores

Buffalo Technology, a leader in wired and wireless networking and direct attached storage solutions, has selected the 5G WiFi standard to realize a 3x improvement in download performance, increased signal integrity and wider coverage for its new generation of routers.

A Buffalo Technology statement said the company has selected Broadcom’s 5G WiFi chips for its new AirStation™ WZR-D1800H wireless router and WLI-H4-D1300 wireless media bridge, both available now at select retail locations.

“Buffalo is again at the forefront of wireless networking, delivering the world’s first Wi-Fi router leveraging 802.11ac technology in a cost-effective, high performance package,” said Hajime Nakai, chief executive officer at Buffalo Technology.

First unveiled at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the AirStation™ router and bridge combination use Broadcom’s 5G WiFi to implement the emerging 802.11ac wireless standard for improved download speeds, reduced power consumption in mobile devices, and wider coverage areas. The 5G WiFi devices are also fully backward compatible with earlier  wireless protocols, including 802.11a, 11b, 11g and 11n.

Operating in the 5 GHz spectrum, 802.11ac offers transfer speeds up to 1300 Mbps, ideal for uninterrupted HD video streaming and concurrent Internet access. Buffalo’s 802.11ac products will also feature improved signal reliability and produce better in-home coverage for ultra-portable devices such as tablets and smart phones. As 5G WiFi proliferates into phones and tablets, the chips will enable even better coverage and faster download times, improving the battery life of client devices.

“5G WiFi will improve the HD video streaming experience with its higher speeds, enhanced range and increased reliability,” said Michael Hurlston, Broadcom’s SVP and GM of the Wireless Combo Connectivity line of business. “Buffalo Technology’s products using Broadcom’s chipsets give consumers the fastest, most robust wireless networking solutions available.”

Buffalo’s AirStation AC1300 / N900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router WZR-D1800H provides a dependable, high quality signal boasting speeds up to 1300 Mbps on the 5 GHz band, and 450Mbps on the 2.4 GHz 3×3 802.11n band. This enables a total aggregate wireless throughput up to 1750 Mbps for extremely fast data syncing, video streaming, and wireless networking.

The AirStation AC1300 / N450 4-Port Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Ethernet Bridge WLI-H4-D1300 is a versatile dual band media bridge connecting up to four network-enabled wired devices, such as media players and gaming consoles, using the 802.11ac network. Using the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz spectrum for transfer speeds up to 1300 Mbps, the bridge offers uninterrupted HD video streaming and concurrent Internet access from multiple connected devices.

The WZR-D1800H and WLI-H4D1300 are available now at Fry’s, Frys.com and NewEgg.com at an estimated price of $179.99 each. For more information about Buffalo Technology see www.buffalotech.com.

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.

Ixia to Demonstrate 5G WiFi Test Support at Interop 2012

The migration to 5G WiFi got another boost this morning when Ixia Corporation, a leading provider of converged IP and wireless network test solutions, announced that it will demonstrate test support for fifth-generation Wi-Fi or IEEE 802.11ac at Interop 2012 in Las Vegas, May 5-11.

Ixia’s 802.11ac test solution will be part of  its IxVeriWave Wi-Fi suite of products and will provide a “complete and thorough approach to Wi-Fi device and network validation.”  Ixia’s IxVeriWave solutions test Wi-Fi devices and wireless LAN networks using a client-centric model that precisely measures the real-world behavior of mobile devices, their impact on other devices, and overall network performance.

Ixia has developed a test architecture that provides complete and thorough Wi-Fi device validation. Joe Zeto, Sr. Manager, Market Development at Ixia, said the approach is “critical for organizations seeking to build high performing AC chipsets and access points.”

The three main innovations of this approach include:

  • Integrated RF testing, impairment tools, and traffic generation. Ixia’s solution can test the key RF parameters (e.g. EVM, flatness, and I/Q gain, and phase error), generate full rate 802.11ac traffic, and model environmental RF conditions, saving time and cost.
  • RF measurements in real-time on every packet. Ixia’s solution analyzes every single frame and provides real time measurements.
  • Integrated channel modeling for each client. Ixia is the only solution that enables applying a different RF channel model to each of the 500 emulated clients.

“5G WiFi powered by IEEE 802.11ac, provides new innovations that enable more reliable whole home coverage for consumers to stream digital content between devices faster, while simultaneously connecting more wireless devices,” said Bryan Richter, Director of Hardware Development Engineering, Mobile & Wireless Group at Broadcom. “Innovations in 802.11ac test systems, such as those by Ixia are critical for developing a complete and robust 5G Wi-Fi ecosystem.”

Entrepreneur Sees Benefits of 5G-WiFi

5G WiFi Drives New Opportunities

A recent article by Steward Wolpin in Entrepreneur.com does a great job of highlighting emerging WiFi technology, and in particular the new 5G WiFi (802.11ac).

Wolpin, a New York City-based writer who has been covering technology for more than 30 years, correctly notes that among the biggest benefits of these new Wi-Fi technologies will be a greatly increased ability to wirelessly connect business environments.

“Wi-Fi as you know it will begin to evolve over the next few months, changing how businesses stay connected,” he writes.

“Today’s fastest Wi-Fi protocol is 802.11n, or just “n,” which provides theoretical data transfer speeds of around 300 megabits per second (Mbps),” notes Wolpin. “Up next on the Wi-Fi speed chart is 802.11ac, alternately called “gigabit,” Very High Throughput Wi-Fi or fifth-generation (5G) Wi-Fi. By any name, 802.11ac Wi-Fi is expected to offer speeds of up to 1300 Mbps — potentially more than four times faster than current “n” routers and about 1,000 times faster than 4G LTE connectivity.”

It should be pointed out that some of the performance comparisons made vis-a-vis 4G LTE are not accurate ; in actual conditions, for example, 5G WiFi is expected to be about 6 times faster than 4G LTE.

Still, the point is well taken. 5G WiFi offers the fastest available wireless download speeds, which is important in environments where large file transfers are common.

At the same time, he notes that 5G  WiFi delivers another equally important benefit: a “relatively vacant” channel.

“Instead of operating in the crowded 2.4 GHz frequencies along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and wireless communication gadgets, 802.11ac Wi-Fi will transmit data in the relatively vacant 5 GHz spectrum,” writes Wolpin.

In addition, he noted,these and other improvements are expected to create speedier, more consistent wireless links further from the router with fewer dead spots and greater ability to penetrate walls.”

For businesses, all of this means more reliable in-office wireless connectivity, which ultimately means businesses can “reduce or eliminate the need for complex and expensive wired broadband connections”.

For workers using portable devices, this also means speedier downloads via 5FWi-Fi and a resulting increase battery life as well.

Other emerging WiFi technologies highlighted in the article include Hotspot 2.0 (also known as Wi-Fi Certified Passpoint), which enables autonomous connection of wireless devices wherever you go; and Super Wi-Fi, which uses so-called TV white space, unused over-the-air spectrum recently approved by the FCC for commercial use. These lower frequencies allow wider and more powerful wireless signal propagation, said Wolpin, adding that, “An indoor Super Wi-Fi 40 mW transmitter creates a Wi-Fi hotspot up to five times the range of current Wi-Fi hotspots. In other words, a hotspot blanketing more than 1,000 feet would be enough to cover a small business office with a single router.”

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.