You know it, we know it, everybody knows it – the iPhone 7 is coming. (Fanboys, try to contain your squeals of delight.) With the announcement of water and dust resistance, Airpods, dual cameras, and more, we don’t blame you if you’ve overlooked another pretty amazing iPhone 7 feature – 802.11 AC support! As a networking company, we were thrilled Apple made the 11AC leap last year and now with the iPhone 7 it’s an even bigger deal. Here are the top five reasons you should be as excited as we are.
1. 11AC Is Next Generation Wi-Fi.
802.11 AC Wi-Fi gives you faster, farther-reaching wireless speed to power your increasingly connected life. You’ve no doubt heard at least a little about The Internet of Things? Well, 11AC is the heart of that connected revolution, providing speeds up to three times faster than 802.11N wifi – perfect for powering your shiny new iPhone 7 along with everything else in your home.
2. You’ve got a LOT of connected devices.
Sure, the iPhone 7 will be your new favorite device. But it is still one of many connected devices in your home. How many do you have? Between phones, tablets, laptops, gaming consoles, desktops, media players, smart TVs, and home automation products, it’s not uncommon to connect 10, 15, even 20 devices at once. 11AC Wi-Fi will give your new baby what it needs (really, really fast Wi-Fi) – but it’s also going to deliver amazing performance to the other dozen or so devices you connect every day.
3. Data is expensive.
Last year with the iPhone 6, reports immediately started coming out, and they all said the same thing – expect to use (and, of course, pay for) more data with your new iPhone. Data is expensive but it doesn’t have to be when you rely on 11AC Wi-Fi in the home. Let a D-Link 11AC Wi-Fi Router do the heavy data lifting – it’ll limit your data usage (especially if multiple family members are getting an iPhone 7) and save you a bundle on your wireless bill.
4. Be honest. You’re a binge watcher.
There’s nothing to be ashamed of here. You’re among your own. For those of us who have experienced the thrill of watching a season’s worth of programming in one potato-chip-and-boxed-wine fueled weekend, there’s simply no turning back. 11AC Wi-Fi lets you be a media glutton on all your devices. Watch shows, movies, and series on your new iPhone 7, on the downstairs smart TV, and on the kids’ tablets – all at the same time. With 11AC, you can embrace the binge. (But maybe it’s time to take a shower.)
5. It works with what you’ve already got.
Yes, 11AC Wi-Fi will make your brand new iPhone 7 feel like the most special device in the room. But the truth is 11AC will work with (and improve) all your devices – the new and the old. It doesn’t discriminate. It’s cool like that. Upgrading to 11AC does not mean you have to upgrade everything else in your home. Far from it. It makes your new devices feel like the next-generation tech they are. And it gives your old devices the speed and range they need to fall in love with them all over again.