Originally Posted by gregzoll
The problem with ac, is that there are no devices out there that will utilize that chipset, unless it is a desktop or laptop with an add-on wireless-ac adapter. Wireless-N for most stuff like the Xbox-360/Nextgen Xbox, PS3/PS4, android tablets, smartphones with wifi capability, blu-ray players, for the most utilize G or N, or a hybrid of both. Regardless what you think yaomizzle, Wireless-G will work for what the OP is doing, unless they have a 100meg down connection from their provider then a Wireless-N will work.
Now on the other hand, if you are in an area that has Google Fiber, or utility provided internet that is 1gig, then yes Wireless-ac will be fine. But on the later, again, you are only going to get at most 100mbps on majority of wired devices like gaming systems, or 150mbps max on anything connected via wifi through Wireless-N, even at 900mbps routers or Access Points. So why waste the money on new technology, that our devices will not even support at this time.
1) The newly announced 2013 Macbook Air natively supports .11ac wireless. No adapter needed. The bigger news is that from this point on I would expect any newer Apple devices to support .11ac also.
2) Just because G or N will work, doesnt mean its the best buy. The best buy is not having to buy another router down the line.. because you tried to save $20-50 bucks buy purchasing an model that only supports older standards.
3) .11ac routers do not just work faster with .11ac products.. they have also shown a speed increase with .11n products. Around 15-20% speed increase for N products that are connected to an AC router. So you can still benefit from using an AC router, even if you only currently have N products.
4) There is very little to download on the internet that can currently use a 1gb/s connection. There are plenty of files on you home computer & network that could use a 1gb/s connection. Do you share any media? HD video streaming? Most people arent buying an .11ac router because they have Google Fiber. Most people are buying a .11ac router because they are streaming large amounts of data on their home network. This could be anything from the cable provider's DVR box to flatscreens that have built in wifi.
5) Since this is a gaming forum. Has anybody looked into the wireless standard for the new XB1 & PS4? Are they support .11ac? If they are there is no way I'd buy an N router right now.
6) Spending $20-50 more to buy the latest spec is not "wasting money". It is futureproofing. If companies like Apple & Asus are offering stable .11ac routers for just a few dollars more over their older N products. An AC router will not only increase the speed of the your older products, but also that of your newer products. I dont see how that can be considered a waste of money.