New faster version of Wi-Fi available soon
A new, faster version of Wi-Fi was officially rubber-stamped this week. The latest Wi-Fi technology, called "802-11-a-c," offers speeds of up to one-point-three gigabits per second. That's fast enough to transfer an entire high-definition movie to a tablet in under four minutes. It could also share photo albums with friends in a matter of seconds or stream three HD videos at the same time. It's more than double the top speed of the previous standard, known as 802-11-n.
The new Wi-Fi standard comes at a crucial time. The average number of Wi-Fi devices in U.S. households has doubled since 2008. Each home now averages four devices connected to a Wi-Fi network during peak usage times.