802.11ac Wi-Fi slowly but surely being adopted, survey shows

Though the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard was ratified at the end of 2013, most enterprises still rely upon good old 802.11n for their Wi-Fi networks, according to a survey released by Spiceworks. Of the IT professionals surveyed, only 6 percent said they had deployed 802.11ac as of July 2014. Some two-thirds reported they are still using 802.11n as their Wi-Fi standard, while almost a quarter use the much older 802.11a, b and g. A whopping 85 percent of IT professionals relying on older Wi-Fi technology reported having network issues, such as range, dead spots and capacity/bandwidth. Of the 43 percent who intend to upgrade their wireless networks in the next 24 months, three-quarters plan to upgrade to 802.11ac, with faster throughout being cited the main reason for the upgrade, Spiceworks said. Of the 28 percent upgrading to an older standard instead of 802.11ac, budget was cited as the primary constraint. The survey, sponsored by Aerohive Networks, included 554 IT professionals in North America and Europe, the Middle East and Africa. For more, see this report.