AC in the router name means that the router has support for the latest 802.11ac networking standard. The number that comes after AC represents the maximum theoretical bandwidth of the router, i.e. 1200 means 1200 Mbps.

One key aspect of the calculation that results in an AC naming is the number of bands or frequencies on which the router emits the wireless signal. For example: NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 AC3200. This router has three bands, each of them with its maximum theoretical bandwidth: 600 Mbps for Band 1, and 1300 Mbps for Bands 2 and 3.

  • Single-band routers emit only one frequency, typically 2.4 ghz.
    • AC1000
  • Dual-band routers emit two frequencies, 2.4 ghz and 5 ghz
    • AC2900
  • Tri-band routers emit three frequencies, one on 2.4 ghz and two on 5ghz.
    • AC3000

 

2.4 Ghz Frequency Assignments

Channel Number Lower Frequency Center Frequency Upper Frequency
  MHZ MHZ MHZ
1 2401 2412 2423
2 2406 2417 2428
3 2411 2422 2433
4 2416 2427 2438
5 2421 2432 2443
6 2426 2437 2448
7 2431 2442 2453
8 2436 2447 2458
9 2441 2452 2463
10 2446 2457 2468
11 2451 2462 2473
12 2456 2467 2478
13 2461 2472 2483
14 2473 2484 2495

 

  5 Ghz Frequency Assignments

Channel Frequency Mhz
36 5180
40 5200
44 5220
48 5240
52 5260
56 5280
60 5300
64 5320

See Also Electronics Notes

AX in the router name means that the router has support for the latest 802.11ax networking standard. It has been designed to provide some significant improvements over 802.11ac, especially in terms of deployment in dense areas, spectral efficiency and user access. IEEE 802.11ax will improve the use is seen as the successor to 802.11ac. The new 802.11ax is still in its early stages of development, but it is anticipated that it will provide up to four times the speed of 11ac. See Also Electronics Notes