802.11ac Wireless Routers To Replace 802.11n Ones, Boasting To Have 3 Times The Traditional Wireless Speed!

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Technology brands such as Cisco are beginning to push out new Wi-Fi gadgets that adhere to the the new Wi-Fi standard which is 802.11ac.  802.11ac Wi-Fi adhered gadgets will be able to wirelessly work with much higher data transfer rate than wireless equipments that support 802.11n and older Wi-Fi standards.  Theoretically, 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard will be able to allow wireless equipments to transfer wireless data at 1.3 Gbps speed which is 3 times faster than wireless equipments that support the 802.11n Wi-Fi standard.  Nonetheless, in practice the 802.11ac Wi-Fi adhered equipments may push wireless data at a much lower speed than the advertised 1.3 Gbps wireless data speed, because it’s all relative to the network bottlenecks.  Such bottlenecks might be that a network is simply being too busied (i.e., too many computers hog the same router for data transfer at the same time), too many wireless signal interferences that weaken the 802.11ac router’s 5 GHz wireless signal (e.g., physical barriers, out of range, more than one devices that use the same wireless channel), and so on.

For Cisco, the company announces that it will release EA6500 router which will adopt 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.  While Cisco is working on to push its new EA6500 802.11ac router out, D-Link Cloud Router 5700 (DIR-865L) which also supports the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard has just came out and you can buy it on Amazon for around $190.  Nonetheless, Buffalo AirStation WZR-D1800H wireless router was the first router that supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, and this too can be bought on Amazon for roughly around $180.  Buffalo AirStation WZR-D1800H wireless router doesn’t seem to go beyond regular router features besides its adoption of 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, but I could be wrong.  Nonetheless, the other two routers that I had mentioned (i.e., Cisco EA6500 and D-Link Cloud Router 5700) are supporting cloud features in addition to the support of 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.  These cloud features in these new routers promote usages such as allowing users to control their network remotely and easily through mobile apps.  Furthermore, users can install apps onto the routers to allow even more cloud features.  Nonetheless, I’m not sure how these cloud features will exactly enhance the experience of using a router since I have yet to own and use a router which has cloud features.

With few 802.11ac wireless routers are now available for purchase, I think people are eager to grab them.  And they should do so!!!  How come?  Obviously, more wireless electronic brands will most likely release wireless electronic equipments that support 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.  Some people might worry that replacing an 802.11n wireless router with an 802.11ac one will render their current 802.11n and older wireless electronic standard equipments unusable, but this worry of theirs is pointless.  It’s most likely that new 802.11ac routers are backward compatible to 802.11n wireless electronic equipments.

With 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard becomes evermore popular, we can expect that more wireless electronic equipments will abandon the older Wi-Fi standards and adopt 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.  Nonetheless, as of now, you probably will not be able to find that many wireless electronic equipments that support 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.  This is why I think if you want to purchase a future proof wireless electronic equipment starting today, you should think twice about purchasing a wireless electronic equipment that supports any Wi-Fi standard that is slower than the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.  After all, faster wireless data transfer is definitely better than otherwise, right?  Still though and relatively speaking, don’t let me stop you from wanting to buy wireless electronic equipments that have yet to support 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard — because in the end it’s you who know best in what you need most.

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Apple Announced The Next Generation MacBook Pro For 15″ And 13″

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Unfortunately, I don’t have access to the next generation MacBook Pro yet, therefore I can’t really snap a picture of it.  I guess a picture of any older MacBook Pro iteration would do.  The picture is taken from Wikipedia.  Enjoy!!!

Wow, Apple had just announced new MacBook Pro that is hugely more powerful than older generation ones.  Even more, Apple is now taking order for their new MacBook Pro.  Apple calls the latest MacBook Pro as the next generation MacBook Pro.  By getting the next generation 15″ MacBook Pro at the price point of $2,199, you get a MacBook Pro that is only .71 inch thick, 7 hours battery life, weight 4.46 lbs, retina display, 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache, 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L RAM which can be upgraded to 16 GB RAM, 256 GB flash storage, dual graphic switching which includes Intel HD Graphics 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory, 720p FaceTime HD camera, 2 Thunderbolt ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI port, headphone port, SDXS card slot, 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking;3 IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible, Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology, Up to 30 days standby time, and OS X Lion as the operating system.  I think if you buy the next generation MacBook Pro now, you get to upgrade to the next version of OS X (Mountain Lion) for free.  Got the cash?  Paying the next generation 15″ MacBook Pro at the price point of $2,799, you get a more powerful i7 processor which clocks around 2.6 GHz and can be Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz.

What I like most about the next generation 15″ MacBook Pro is that it has amazing retina display which is capable in putting current HD display on my MacBook Pro to shame.  The retina display should make the images and videos way more enjoyable as the pictures should be way more beautiful than older kind of displays.  Amazingly though, the next generation 15″ MacBook Pro’s battery lifespan is still great, up to 7 hours wireless web, even though it packs with a more powerful processor and graphic card.  I bet the next generation 15″ MacBook Pro users will love how fast it’s to be able to transfer data from the laptop to the external hard drive at breakneck speed, because the Thunderbolt ports can allow them to transfer data up to 10 Gbps.  Unfortunately, even now though not that many external hard drives are built to support Thunderbolt.  Luckily though, Apple is smart to include 2 3.0 USB ports, therefore users can still transfer data at near breakneck speed, because USB 3.0 supports data transfer up to 5Gbps.  So the highlights for me about the newest 15″ MacBook Pro are speed and display.  The prices for the newest MacBook Pro is another story, because I think it’s just too expensive as always.

Apple also had announced the release of the next generation 13″ MacBook Pro, but this one isn’t as powerful as the 15″ one.  How come?  The processor for the 13″ one is only a dual core Intel i5 or i7 processor.  Obviously, the 15″ one is more powerful since it has quad-core processor.  Besides a less powerful processor, I think the 13″ one does have all the goodies that the 15″ one has.  So, if you do need a smaller, less heavier, cheaper next generation MacBook Pro, I guess 13″ one would do.  How much cheaper?  The Intel dual core i5 13″ one touts at $1,199 and the dual core i7 13″ one touts at $1,499.  It’s a lot cheaper than the 15″ one if you actually compare the prices side by side.  My question to you is, do you like how Apple has upgraded the MacBook Pro line?