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    Wireless AC Question

    I currently have a Buffalo Wireless N router in my home, and am considering upgrading to AC, but am uncertain if I will also need to upgrade additional laptop hardware, etc to see the benefit.

    If I do upgrade, do I also need to upgrade the Wireless Cards in my laptops?

    Also, what about Tablets and Smart Phones? Will they be able to benefit from a Wireless AC upgrade?

    I also have a Roku, Raspberry PI, and AppleTV2 in the home. These are currently all connected via hard wire, but will they also benefit from an upgrade?

    I just don't want to buy and upgrade to an AC router (and add ww-ddrt) if I my devices will not see the benefit from it.

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    it depends on the router and what you are trying to accomplish. most routers are backwards compatible by at least one generation, so I would assume at least some or most ac routers also support 802.11n. If that is the case you can connect any of your current N devices, but not at AC speeds. to get AC speeds you also would need an AC capable receiver in the client device.

    - Im not a pro but hardwired devices will not see any major improvements. ( its always possible a newer router may handle the traffic a little more efficiently)

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    You would need to have 802.11ac capable wireless transceivers in your laptop, tablet, etc. to see any improvement with a 802.11ac router.

    The devices that are hard wired in will not see any improvement either since this just impacts wireless. The only difference the hard wired devices could see is if your old router had 100mb wired connections and the new one had gigabit. However you might already have gigabit wired ports in your router.
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    Thanks guys.. You are both sort of reinforcing what I already new.

    My existing wireless router broadcasts both the a/g/n, and wired connections will always be faster.

    And I figured laptops would likely need new wireless cards.

    But i'm curious about tablets, phones, appleTV, roku and those devices that all have built in wireless. How can determine what they use now, and if their internal cards, etc will support wireless AC?

    do any phones or tablets supports wireless AC?

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    seeing as how ac is a new standard, non of those devices with internal wifi, will be AC to AC compataible, youll probably have to un a mixed mode. the info would of course be a device by device basis. determine what they use now? fimdn the model number sticker, and google it and some device have settings menus to alloow you to view such data.


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