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802.11ac routers average close to 400Mbps in performance tests of five products

The newest Wi-Fi technology -- 802.11ac -- promises blazing speeds of up to 1.3Gbps, according to claims made by the leading vendors.

We tested five of the first 802.11ac routers to hit the market and found that the products were indeed fast, and probably faster than anything you'll ever need for home office or small business scenarios - but they're not that fast.

Our test subjects were the Netgear R6300, Cisco's Linksys EA6500, the Asus RT-AC66U, the D-Link Cloud Router 5700 and the Buffalo Technology AirStation AC1300. Since 802.11ac clients aren't available yet, we tested throughput speeds between two devices from each manufacturer.

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