IEEE 802.11ac is a wireless networking standard in the 802.11 family (which is marketed under the brand name Wi-Fi) developed in the IEEE Standards Association process, providing high-throughput wireless local area networks (WLANs) on the 5 GHz band. The standard was developed from 2011 through 2013 and approved in January 2014. Devices with the 802.11ac specification are expected to be common by 2015 with an estimated one billion spread around the world.
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 eight), downlink multi-user MIMO (up to four clients), and high-density modulation (up to 256-QAM).
In August of 2013 UIT began participating in a pilot with Meru Networks to provide “high performance wireless connectivity for high-density environments”. UIT installed state-of–the-art first generation 802.11ac access points in three campus buildings, the University Center (UC), the UC North and the UC Satellite. The pilot was such a success that UIT began installing 802.11ac access points in all classrooms around campus during the Summer 2014. The higher throughput and larger capacity of the new access points translates to a better user experience.
Watch these videos to learn more!
• 802.11ac: Meru Introduction
• University of Houston 802.11ac Beta Project
The Road to 802.11AC: Installing and configuring the equipment