Compare Wireless Standards


802.11ac Wave 2 802.11ac Wave 1 802.11n
Supported Bands

802.11ac Wave 2: 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz
802.11ac Wave 1: 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz
802.11n: 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz

2.4 GHz & 5 GHz

2.4 GHz & 5 GHz

2.4 GHz & 5 GHz

Max. Data Rate

802.11ac Wave 2: 1733 Mbps
802.11ac Wave 1: 1300 Mbps
802.11n: 450 Mbps/Band

1733 Mbps

1300 Mbps

450 Mbps/Band

MIMO

802.11ac Wave 2: Multi-User (MU)
802.11ac Wave 1: Single-User (SU)
802.11n: Single-User (SU)

Multi-User (MU)

Single-User (SU)

Single-User (SU)

Spatial Streams

802.11ac Wave 2: 4×4:4
802.11ac Wave 1: 3×3:3
802.11n: 3×3:3

4×4:4

3×3:3

3×3:3

Channel Width

802.11ac Wave 2: 20/40/80 MHz
802.11ac Wave 1: 20/40/80 MHz
802.11n: 20/40 MHz

20/40/80 MHz

20/40/80 MHz

20/40 MHz

Modulation

802.11ac Wave 2: 256 QAM
802.11ac Wave 1: 256 QAM
802.11n: 64 QAM

256 QAM

256 QAM

64 QAM

Beamforming (Tx)

802.11ac Wave 2: Yes
802.11ac Wave 1: No
802.11n: No

Yes

No

No

Who Benefits:

802.11ac Wave 2:

Future-proof equipment

To upgrade aging network

Maximum speeds & very dense device capacities

Price/performance value alternatives to more expensive enterprise vendors



802.11ac Wave 1:

Future-proof equipment

To upgrade aging network

Higher-speeds & dense device capacities

Price/performance value for budget considerations



802.11n:

Provide basic Wi-Fi coverage indoors or outdoors

Speeds support smaller networks that don’t require heavy multi-media use by many users

Need:

Future-proof equipment

To upgrade aging network

Maximum speeds & very dense device capacities

Price/performance value alternatives to more expensive enterprise vendors

Need:

Future-proof equipment

To upgrade aging network

Higher-speeds & dense device capacities

Price/performance value for budget considerations

Need:

Provide basic Wi-Fi coverage indoors or outdoors

Speeds support smaller networks that don’t require heavy multi-media use by many users

Application

802.11ac Wave 2: Modern Wi-Fi networks driven by the need for maximum wireless speed & bandwidth to support more users without compromising reliability.

802.11ac Wave 1: Modern Wi-Fi networks driven by the need for greater signal coverage, higher speeds and more users.

802.11n: Budget Wi-Fi networks.

Modern Wi-Fi networks driven by the need for maximum wireless speed & bandwidth to support more users without compromising reliability.

Modern Wi-Fi networks driven by the need for greater signal coverage, higher speeds and more users.

Budget Wi-Fi networks.

Settings

802.11ac Wave 2: Retail, small/medium biz, sports complexes, entertainment, hospitality, education, manufacturing, healthcare.

802.11ac Wave 1: Retail, corporate, small/medium biz, hospitality, education, residential.

802.11n: Boutique retail, micro business, residential.

Retail, small/medium biz, sports complexes, entertainment, hospitality, education, manufacturing, healthcare.

Retail, corporate, small/medium biz, hospitality, education, residential.

Boutique retail, micro business, residential.