TC, now or 2013 with 802.11ac?

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  1. Panini macrumors regular

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    I've no need for a TC at the moment, but the Time Machine software looks very attractive. If I do buy a router, it will likely stay for a good 2-3 years.

    Question is, is it a good idea to buy now or wait until a 802.11ac model comes out? Any idea on when this may happen?

    Thanks.
     
  2. nuckinfutz macrumors 603

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    Probably should wait for the TC with 11ac.

    Chances are it'll be out in 2013. You have no immediate need and you can start backing up to Time Machine with a standard HDD.
     
  3. \-V-/ Suspended

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    This. Good things come to those who wait.
     
  4. whsbuss macrumors 68040

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    Well unless you have clients supporting 802.11ac it won't make a difference.
     
  5. WesCole macrumors 6502a

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    This. If you are holding out for a router with ac, you might as well hold out for computers that support ac...otherwise, the technology will just be wasted on current Macs.
     
  6. madsci954 macrumors 68030

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    The thing I find with the 802 wifi standards is that it's a "chicken and the egg" situation, one begets the other but where does it start? Do you get the router and wait for the clients, or get the clients and wait for the router? I can see AC coming next year, and TBH, I would not be too surprised if the new iPhone has a draft AC option. If not, more likely the 2013 iPad.

    As for the OP, if you need a TC now, get it. If you can hold off another year, wait.
     
  7. robgendreau macrumors 68030

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    Another reason to use ethernet or external disks for backup. Fast now.
     
  8. Lance-AR macrumors 6502

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    Next year I expect to see AC rolled out on all devices and APs.
     
  9. iMarvin macrumors 6502

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    +2

    I had the same thoughts as you did, but then i realised i hardwire all my computers. :p
     
  10. Panini thread starter macrumors regular

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    Since wifi standards don't change that often I think it's a good enough reason to wait to buy both clients and router in 2013 since I can hold out with buying just a 2012 MBA.

    Another question: Is there any way current clients may benefit from a 2013 802.11ac router? Are there any features that may support 802.11n devices?
     
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  12. whsbuss macrumors 68040

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    Not really. Check out smallnetbuilder.com where you can read reviews on the new 11ac routers.
     
  13. eric44 macrumors member

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    I struggled with what to do too.
    Just bought a rMBP and then my series 1 TC died.
    I thought it over and bought an airport extreme gen 5 with a NAS attached on an Ethernet cable.
    The performance is excellent, the rMBP regularly gets 450mbps and the rest of time around 270mbps.
    The access to the NAS is very fast and time machine works very well.
    Overall an excellent solution.
    I know that ac will be better but I've no complaints.
     
  14. potatis macrumors 6502a

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    there's also a 802.11ad standard on the horizon, so you might just as well wait for that if you want to wait.
     
  15. jahr5150 macrumors newbie

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    Here is where I am confused, the 802.11ac standard won’t be issued till early 2013, yet I am seeing 802.11ac products on the market claiming they are 802.11ac – even though they can’t be ‘Wi-Fi CERTIFIED’ since the 11ac standard isn’t finalized yet.

    I would love 802.11ac now, but some of the reviews of these first 802.11ac product mention that they are based on a first draft of the 802.11ac spec, and might have some performance issues with products that are based on the final 802.11ac spec

    This article has more info on this:

    http://pusz4frog.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/the-newest-802-11ac-routers-dont-have-wi-fi-certification-and-why-you-should-wait-till-q2-of-2013-to-buy-a-11ac-router/

    I feel it is best to wait on 802.11ac, since I have waited this long, another 6 month shouldn’t kill me.

    Am I crazy for wanting to wait till early next year to buy an 802.11ac router?

    If I get a Win8 smartphone, will it work on an 802.11ac network?

    Are the Win 8 phones going to be 802.11ac?
     
  16. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    Yeah, like natural disasters.

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    The situation is normal (compare this with Draft-N).

     
  17. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a

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    There no time like the present. Buy now. Even with the .ac standard you would need Mac/PC that have that card in order for it to work anyway.
     
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    Exactly!
     

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