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IEEE 802.11ac
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IEEE 802.11ac is a wireless computer networking standard in the 802.11 family (which is marketed under the brand name Wi-Fi), developed in the IEEE Standards Association process,[1] providing high-throughput wireless local area networks (WLANs) on the 5 GHz band.[1] The standard was developed from 2011 through 2013, with final 802.11 Working Group approval and publication scheduled for early 2014.[1] According to a study, devices with the 802.11ac specification are expected to be common by 2015 with an estimated one billion spread around the world.[2] This specification has expected multi-station WLAN throughput of at least 1 gigabit per second and a single link throughput of at least 500 megabits per second (500 Mbit/s). This is accomplished by extending the air interface concepts embraced by 802.11n: wider RF bandwidth (up to 160 MHz), more MIMO spatial streams (up to 8), multi-user MIMO, and high-density modulation (up to 256-QAM).[3]

1 New technologies 2 Mandatory and optional features 3 New scenarios and configurations 3.1 Example configurations 4 Data rates 5 Products 5.1 Commercial routers 5.2 Commercial laptops 5.3 Commercial handsets 5.4 Chipsets 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

New technologies
Extended channel binding Mandatory 80 MHz channel bandwidth for stations (vs. 40 MHz maximum in 802.11n), 160 MHz available optionally More MIMO spatial streams Support for up to eight spatial streams (vs. four in 802.11n) Multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) Multiple STAs, each with one or more antennas, transmit or receive independent data streams simultaneously “Space Division Multiple Access” (SDMA): streams not separated by frequency, but instead resolved spatially, analogous to 11n-style MIMO Downlink MU-MIMO (one transmitting device, multiple receiving devices) included as an optional mode Modulation 256-QAM, rate 3/4 and 5/6, added as optional modes (vs. 64-QAM, rate 5/6 maximum in 802.11n) Controversy has been raised that this modulation rate is not suitable for any architecture other than extremely small cells and would be completely useless to 3GPP Other elements/features Beamforming with standardized sounding and feedback for compatibility between vendors (non-standard in 802.11n made it hard for beamforming to work effectively between different vendor products) MAC modifications (mostly to support above changes) Coexistence mechanisms for 20/40/80/160 MHz channels, 11ac and 11a/n devices

Mandatory and optional features
Mandatory features (carried over from 802.11a/802.11g) 800 ns regular guard interval Binary convolutional coding (BCC) Single spatial stream New mandatory features (newly introduced in 802.11ac) 80 MHz channel bandwidths Optional features (carried over from 802.11n) 2 to 4 spatial streams Low-density parity-check code (LDPC) Space-Time Block Coding (STBC) Transmit Beamforming (TxBF) 400 ns Short Guard Interval (SGI) Optional features (newly introduced in 802.11ac) 5 to 8 spatial streams 160 MHz channel bandwidths (contiguous 80+80) 80+80 MHz channel bonding (discontiguous 80+80) 1/4

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