Most anticipated tech products of 2013
We’re not sure some of them are even on the drawing board, but they’d be great to see
By Tim Greene | Network World US | Published: 16:33, 20 December 12
As the old year winds down a sense of hope arises that the hints and inklings of new products and services that have been leaking out over the past months may actually materialise in the New Year. Some of them are products that vendors have solidly promised and assigned release dates to, some are part of vaguely marked road maps and some are simply pipedreams fuelled by persistent rumours. Others are services or intriguing situations that could arise. Regardless, here are some of the ones that have caught our eye and that we hope turn out to be as eye catching in reality.
802.11ac access points
With wireless data rates starting at 433Mbps, new wireless routers based on 802.11ac will more than triple wireless speeds, giving the technology the nickname Gigabit Wi-Fi. Already Netgear, Asus and Belkin have produced what they describe as 802.11ac routers based on the specifications agreed to so far. Cisco promises that next year it will ship a module for its Aironet 3600 access points (pictured) that will transform them into 802.11ac devices. Others will follow, creating an opportunity for faster networks but potentially significant infrastructure prep to support them.