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What are the Wifi Standards and how does it impact my Internet Speeds?
A Wifi standard is an approved method to transmit data, both the receiver and the sender will need to communicate using the same standard otherwise communication is lost.
Older standards will not be able to broadcast and receive as well as new standards due to being developed for the available technology at the time and most older standards have now been grandfathered from the market due to their redundancy.
Standards can have different pros and cons like one is good for long range and others offer higher bandwidth at close range.
Below are two examples of modern IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) 802.11 Standards available in the Market.
802.11n - Maximum theoretical throughput up to 300Mbps and with a range up to 54 metres, can be affected by building material, other access points, number of wireless clients.
802.11ac – maximum theoretical throughput up to 1300Mbps and it backwards compatible to other standards 802.11b/g/n. Range is up to 51 metres, however it broadcasts at 5Ghz which is a long wave length and any sort of interfere will be noticed and drop the performance significantly, for best performance it is preferred to be near the router with no walls between you and the router.
All standards will only preform as well as the hardware it is hosted on.
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