DirecTV offers access point, set-top box with top-notch 802.11ac Wi-Fi

DirectTV offers its customers nationwide a new generation of advanced TV and Internet equipment, including a set-top box and a Wi-Fi access point that use the latest four-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip from Quantenna with up to 1.7Gbps wireless speed.

If you're a Direct TV customer, chances are you won't need to purchase your own new home Wi-Fi devices to keep up with the cutting edge.

The Internet and TV provider announced today that it has deployed the WVB access point (AP) and the C41W set-top box to customers. Both of these devices are equipped with Quantenna's 4x4 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology.

Quantenna is the first in the industry to use the newer four-stream (4x4) standard of 802.11ac Wi-Fi to offer a speed of up to 1.7Gbps. Existing 802.11ac Wi-Fi routers on the market generally use the three-stream standard with the top speed of 1.3Gbps.

Generally speaking, in Wi-Fi, both the AP and clients need to support the same standard to offer the bests performance and this is the case of the new equipment. Both the new AP and  set-top box support the 4x4 802.11ac standard. That means they are designed to deliver super-fast wireless speed throughout the whole home right out of the box, without the customer having to perform any upgrades.

According to sources, the new devices are offered free to both existing and new DirectTV customers. Note that you do need an existing router at home to plug the new WVB access point into.

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