D-Link led the Wi-Fi AC router market AC in the third quarter of 2013, according to a report about Wi-Fi equipment by the renowned organization ABI Research. This study shows that D-Link controlled 12.7% of the global market during the third quarter of 2013.
We should note that this study covers the market of Wireless LAN (WLAN) equipment sold to consumers and businesses. This market reached 139.1 million units sold in 2013.
It’s important to note that Wireless N devices still occupy the largest market share of Wi-Fi devices sold last year, although analysts at ABI Research predict that the number will gradually decrease in favor of AC Wireless devices.
Wireless AC products will likely represent 45% of the market by the end of 2014, in line with the adoption of AC Wireless client devices, such as phones, tablets, and SmartTV units.
According to Antonio Navarro, director of Marketing and Sales at D-Link:
"ABI Research’s study shows the results of D-Link’s efforts. We have worked to make known the benefits of the Wi-Fi AC standard, and we’ve also offered the most advanced and complete devices."
Some of you may be wondering, what is this Wi-Fi Wireless AC thing?
Well, it is the new standard in Wi-Fi wireless technology, Wireless 802.11ac, emerged from the need to evolve from the current 802.11n standard.
The increasing number of wireless devices and extreme saturation of the 2.4 GHz band the N standard uses, causes bottlenecking, since most of the devices and wireless Wi-Fi routers use this 2.4 GHz frequency
To these bottlenecking issues, we have to add interferences from many household appliances, such as cordless phones, microwave ovens or remote controllers, which also use the same frequency.
Then we have to consider that the speed of our connection will suffer even more if many devices are connected to our network at the same time.
With this in mind, it’s not hard to see why the AC Wi-Fi Wireless technology is a huge evolutionary leap, as it works in the 5 GHz frequency band, much less congested than the 2.4 GHz one, making connections much smoother and faster.
Furthermore, this technology improves coverage techniques using intelligent signal management, such as beamforming, MIMO and MU-AC SmartBeam, guiding the signal directly to each device. This avoids the interferences the previous standard suffers from.
Like we said, all D-Link routers feature dual band connections. This means they can handle both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz connections to support all kinds of devices.
D-Link’s Wi-Fi AC devices for the general public
These are the devices available for the general public:
D-Link DIR-868L AC1750 Dual-Band Gigabit Cloud Router: a neutral router with a wireless speed of 1750 Mbps, superior to wired Ethernet (1 Gbps). Ideal for those who need a high performance.
This is considered the best Wi-Fi AC router by many specialized websites.
D-Link DSL-3580L ADSL AC1200 Dual-Band Gigabit Cloud Router: An ADSL2+ router that features everything you need, both in regards to the Wi-Fi connectivity (1.200 Mbps) and the remote management through the mydlink Cloud platform, with free apps for iOS/Android/Windows Phone devices
D-Link DIR-816L AC750 Dual-Band Cloud Router: the most recent member of the series, with two external antennas and a wireless speed of 750 Mbps. Like the rest of the family, it features the mydlink Shareport Mobile app, which directly converts any USB device into a cloud storage device.
D-Link DIR-810L AC750 Dual Band Cloud Router: offers speeds of 750 Mbps and it’s very affordable.
D-Link Wireless AC1200 Dual Band (DWA-182): This USB Adapter allows you to give AC wireless connectivity to any PC or laptop by simply connecting it to the USB port, reaching speeds of up to 1200 Mbps.
D-Link DAP-2695 Wireless AC1750 AP Dual-Band PoE: a business-grade access point that allows users to deploy a dual-band wireless network with a speed of 1750 Mbps. It is capable of automatically detecting devices compatible with the 5 GHz standard and supports PoE (Power Over Ethernet) configurations.
You can find more information about this new Wi-Fi AC technology in the link below: