Showdown coming on Ethernet standard to serve faster Wi-Fi

There’s a standard in the works for ethernet gear to feed faster Wi-Fi access points, but with rival industry groups pushing two different specifications, it might take a while to finish.

Wi-Fi is getting fast enough that Gigabit ethernet can’t keep up with the most advanced access points, which use 802.11ac Wave 2 technology. Users could go to 10-Gigabit ethernet, but for most that would require installing more advanced cable. So the search is on for something in between that works on the most common kinds of cable over at least 100 meters.

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