Netgear has announced the launch of the first 802.11ac Wi-Fi router which uses a Broadcom solution and is capable of delivery speeds three times that of 802.11n.
The R3600 is what Netgear calls a fifth generation Wi-Fi solution and provides backwards compatibility with existing leacy devices. It offers speeds of up to 1.3Gbps on 5GHz and 450Mbps on 2.5GHz bands without any jump in power consumption.
The router which costs $200 and will go on sale in May offers a number of Netgear-specific features like a Genie app which allows users to control, monitor, repair, and manage their home networks through their desktop, laptops, smartphones and tablets for free.
There’s also a ReadySHARE feature that connects any USB printer into a networked one, Live Parental controls which allows parents to control content being transmitted by the router plus automatic Wi-Fi security and two USB ports.
Expect other routers to follow suit soon with some using a solution from Qualcomm’s Atheros. It’s worth noting that like 802.11n in its early days, 802.11ac is still not standardised and users will need 802.11ac-compatible devices in order to make the most of the standard.