D-Link has released its new AC1200 (DWA-182) Dual Band Wireless Adapter, which is designed to allow users to upgrade their their laptop or desktop PC, via a USB dongle, to take advantage of the new 802.11ac standard. The adapter is dual band, and can operate in both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. It is also backwards compatible with all 802.11a/g/n networks, so you’ll have access on legacy hardware.
The AC1200 is WPA and WPA2 compatibile, and also has Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) support. The adapter itself is of the standard dongle variety, but a USB extension cradle is also included to create more placement options.
Use of the 802.11ac standard is designed to offer near gigabit speeds and improve quality of HD streaming video, and other high-bandwidth applications.
Here’s a little more about 802.11ac from D-Link’s release:
802.11ac is a new wireless networking standard that offers much faster data speeds than the current 802.11n, at up to one gigabit per second, by sending multiple simultaneous streams of data from access points to devices. Promising easier set up, faster speeds and greater coverage, 802.11ac is ideal for flawless HD video streaming, speedy downloading, faster gaming, and lag-free Skype™ and Facetime calls, all with less Wi-Fi interference for smooth, superior performance.
The AC1200 is available now from Amazon for $69.99.