As with most generations of new networking technology, getting a boost in throughput and resulting application performance is the main benefit of 802.11ac.
As noted, there is flexibility in how 802.11ac is deployed in terms of number of antennas and spatial streams and the width of the channels used, which all affect performance and number of devices supported.
This is particularly beneficial in very dense deployments, such as universities, business offices and manufacturing floors, where a number of devices are collocated closely together.
In addition to enabling the support of wider channels and double the number of spatial streams than 802.11n, 802.11ac also achieves performance improvements from enhanced coding. Quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) jumps from 64 QAM in 802.11n to 256 QAM in 802.11ac. The greater the QAM number, the more bits per symbol that can be transmitted and the faster the data rate of the wireless link. The 802.11ac standard also specifies more aggressive error correction codes that have fewer redundant bits and is expected to improve rate-versus-range performance and link reliability when operating at a distance.
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