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When is it time to buy 11ac chipsets

I'm at a cross roads trying to figure out if it's time to start buying laptops with 11ac chipsets or keep going with the 11n chipsets for a wireless network running AP-225s.  I'm a big fan of the Intel Advanced 6300 3x3, but Intel the 7260-AC 2x2 chipset is now an option for some laptops.  I would probably go the route of an AC chipset IF there were a 3x3 option, BUT it looks like Intel is only manufacturing 2x2 AC chipsets currently.  When the wireless network is dense, and you have to use 20MHz channels, a 3x311n chipset seems like the clear choice.

 

Any thoughts? 

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Re: When is it time to buy 11ac chipsets

What is the price difference between the 2x2 AC and the 3x3 802.11n chipset?

 



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MVP
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Re: When is it time to buy 11ac chipsets

Not sure, yet.  Getting quotes now.

 

Cost is not much of a concern at this time.  I'm concerned about chipset stability and performance.  I can't run wider channels so I will see no performance improvement in a 2x2 11ac chipset over a 3x3 11n chipset.  I'm starting to talk myself out of the 11ac chipsets...

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Re: When is it time to buy 11ac chipsets

$15 dollar up charge for the 2x2 ac chipset.
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