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4 new access points deliver super-fast Wi-Fi

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Continuing our ongoing series of 802.11ac reviews, we put four new access points to the test, bringing our total to 13. This time around, we looked at products from Linksys, Xclaim, Amped and ZyXel, using the same test-bed and methods as our last review.

The Linksys LAPAC1750PRO, which is targeted at SMBs, performed the best in the throughput tests and was a feature-rich product. The Amped Wireless access point was a close second in the speed tests and is a solid business-class access point.

Next was the Xclaim unit, which did well given it’s a two stream (2x2) access point, whereas the others are three stream (3x3). This new brand, which was started by Ruckus Wireless, and is targeted towards small office or home office (SOHO) environments, tries to simplify small wireless network administration, but it doesn’t offer documentation or flexible admin access.

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