What is IEEE 802.11ac Wireless LAN(WLAN) technology?

Last Update Date : Aug 01. 2018

802.11ac, also known as Gigabit Wi-Fi, is a specification in the 802.11 family applicable to Wireless LAN(WLAN). The enhancements supported by 802.11ac will facilitate simultaneous streaming of HD (high definition) video to multiple users in homes and businesses, as well as faster wireless synchronization and backup of large files.



802.11ac Compatibility
● 802.11ac is backwards compatible with 802.11b, g and n. This means you can buy an 802.11ac equipped Samsung device and it will work just fine with your existing router.

● Similarly you can upgrade to an 802.11ac router and it will work happily with all your existing devices. That said you will need both an 802.11ac router and an 802.11ac device to enjoy the standard’s biggest benefits.

802.11ac Speed



1.3 gigabits per second (Gbps) or 1331 megabits per second (Mbps) is the speed most commonly cited as the 802.11ac standard.

802.11ac Range  

802.11ac standards lives entirely in the 5GHz spectrum. The benefit of this is that 5GHz spectrum tends to be 'quiet', meaning much less interference from neighbourhood Wi-Fi. 5GHz is also necessary to support the faster speeds of wireless ac.

Beamforming Technology in 802.11ac WLAN:




The 802.11ac makes ‘Beamforming’ a core part of its specifications. Rather than throwing out wireless signal equally in all directions, WiFi with beamforming detects where devices are and intensifies the signal in their direction(s).


CLICK HERE to know about the Samsung devices compatible 802.11ac Wireless LAN (WLAN) Technology.

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