“The price difference between ‘ac’ and ‘n’ will make ‘n’ the dominant choice in 2013—and still the majority choice in 2014 in the enterprise,” he predicted.

The last major Wi-Fi upgrade began in 2007, with the launch of the 802.11n technology. “N” was the successor to “a,” “b,” and “g” standards. By the end of the year, the Wi-Fi Alliance expects to start certifying a more niche “ad” technology. Its optimal use is limited to small areas with dozens of devices connecting to a network, such as classrooms or a small, public hot spot.

Why are letters being doubled up now? The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, which oversees wireless standards, used “o” through “z” to denote minor technical changes since the launch of “n.”

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