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Pure 802.11n wireless routers stay strong

Makers enhance their selections with dual-band and integrated 3G and ADSL2/2+ configurations.


  • Wi-Fi sustains lead: Products comprise Wi-Fi and 3G types. The first variant dominates output because of the popularity of enabled devices, in particular computers and smartphones. Units based on 802.11n continue to lead, while 802.11b/g versions have been phased out.
  • Higher data rate targeted: Some makers plan to launch 802.11ac routers with up to 1.3Gbps data rate and running on 5GHz. The current selection supports 150, 300 and 450Mbps, with the second type in the mainstream.
  • Add-ons: To resolve interference issues on 2.4GHz RF, suppliers have introduced 802.11n versions that operate simultaneously on 2.4 and 5GHz. There are also variants integrating a 3G module and an ADSL2/2+ modem. Pure 802.11n routers, however, still rule production.
  • Price outlook: Quotes will decrease because of falling chipset costs and tough competition. The reduction, however, will be limited to 5 percent.
  • Output projection: Makers forecast a 10 percent increment in the months ahead despite slow global economic recovery.
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