The appetite for wireless bandwidth is seemingly insatiable. Fifteen years ago, the first standard wireless LANs emerged at 1Mbps and 2Mbps to serve niche applications such as warehouse picking, inventory scanning and, in office buildings where mobility wasn’t a requirement, cordless PC connections aimed at lowering cabling costs. Fast forward through several WLAN generations to now, and the story has completely changed.

A number of factors are fueling industry progress with 802.11ac standards. Including:

  • More users
  • More devices per user/BYOD
  • "Big" apps
  • Cellular offload