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Old June 9, 2013, 07:12 AM
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So I've been looking at some new routers recently and noticed the new AC routers (not air conditioning :P) Asus said that in theory their AC routers can have a speed of up to 1.75 Gbps with their 5.0 GHz frequency. While no consumer-level technology exists that can go at the speed of 1.75 Gbps, do we really need one of these? I mean for a 200$ price tag and a 90$ AC adapter I don't think it's worth it to get it for the next few years. Unless I'm missing the point in it.

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Old June 9, 2013, 07:22 AM
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Old June 9, 2013, 07:25 AM
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If you need high throughput that a currently outside the range of a 5ghz routers range, then it would definitely be useful. That said I have no issues with my house on a dual band. Everything is on 2.4ghz with no issues except my xbox360 that is on the 5ghz band (relatively close to the router). My desktop is wired.
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If you have to absolutely rely on wireless, I would spend the coin for AC assuming you do a lot of file transfers between devices or stream HD content. If all you do is Internet browsing and steaming from there, then no it's not worth it, unless you happen to have Google Fiber
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Old June 10, 2013, 07:18 AM
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If you have to absolutely rely on wireless, I would spend the coin for AC assuming you do a lot of file transfers between devices or stream HD content. If all you do is Internet browsing and steaming from there, then no it's not worth it, unless you happen to have Google Fiber

Too bad they can't come to Canada :P but ya all of my devices are wireless since my current router (modem/router to be technical) is located in my room (which is pretty small). So I'll take your word for it and invest (since it's 200+ $ we're talking about here lol) in a AC later this week, I also have a Gigabit NAS device plugged into my router right now... which is slow as you can imagine since after all... Wireless N tech which doesn't go up to 1 Gbps lol.

My current router is a Actiontec V1000H from Telus... it sucks, it can't even go to 5.0 GHz frequency.
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Well going from 2.4GHz N to AC should be fairly noticeable I suspect.

Even "good" 5GHz N is only like 10-15MB/s file transfer wise in my experience. Wired Gigabit gets 100MB/s no problem. I'm hoping AC falls somewhere in between there, but of course, it all depends on signal quality/strength, distance and encryption.

Are you planning on going with the full blown AC1750 or the cheaper AC1200?
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1750mbps is the theoretical bandwidth, real case scenario is around 700-800mbps.
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Old June 10, 2013, 09:24 PM
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Nah I'll go with the cheaper 1200 AC router since I'm a student and need to spend it wisely. :P that's almost my whole paycheck after all.
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