Last month (April 2013), Ubiquiti Networks, a communications technology company based out of San Jose, CA, announced a new access point (AP) platform, the “UniFi 3.0”, which includes support for 802.11ac. While certainly not the first 802.11ac AP to be launched, this announcement was particularly interesting due to the price point referenced. At US$299, this is the first enterprise-grade, 802.11ac AP priced under US$1,000. If competitors follow suit over the coming months by launching further APs with 802.11ac at comparable price points, this is projected to rapidly drive the transition from legacy 802.11n to 802.11ac.
802.11n has been the prevailing wireless technology for the gamut of Wi-Fi-enabled devices. As device OEMs start to roll out 802.11ac products, a number of questions arise, such as: when will the migration to 802.11ac happen? How quickly will it occur? Into which market applications will 802.11ac be integrated first?