Myth No. 3:
Gaming routers need to be AC3200. Or better yet, AC5300.
High AC numbers in gaming routers allude to the maximum theoretical bandwidth the specific router can support. This is achieved by adding more dedicated radios to their solutions.
Unfortunately, every client is limited by its own number of
antennas. This is usually 1 for smartphones and 2–3 for
laptops. Adding more antennas on the router doesn’t increase the throughput per device, it merely enables more devices. Without FastLanes™, all that does is create an even more congested highway. And instead of improving your speed,
it does the opposite.
Portal’s AC2400 chipset provides you with up to 1733 Mbps across 4 antennas on the 5Ghz frequencies. Theoretically, your notebook gets half of that. But with real-world
limitations, you’re likely closer to 650 Mbps. For reference, Netflix in Ultra HD requires 25 Mbps. This means that
congestion is a much bigger enemy of stable Wi-Fi, not the AC number.