Does inSSIDer support 802.11ac?
Yes! With a WiFi adapter that supports 5 GHz, it can hear and display 5 GHz networks.
802.11ac is a new WiFi standard that works in the 5 GHz band only. It achieves faster speeds with wider channels and sweet new modulation schemes that allows it to shove more data through the air, making it faster.
Do I need an 802.11ac WiFi adapter?
Since new 802.11ac networks maintain backwards compatibility with older 802.11a/n devices, any dual-band (802.11a/b/g/n, 802.11a being the giveaway) WiFi adapter can detect 802.11ac networks.
|802.11b/g/n Adapter||802.11a/b/g/n Adapter|
|802.11ac WiFi Scanning?||No, 2.4 GHz Only||Yes, 2.4 and 5 GHz Supported|
Check out our WiFi adapter buyer's guide for more information.
How about Spectrum Data?
Since 802.11ac lives in the 5 GHz band, you'll need a Wi-Spy that works in the 5 GHz band to see 802.11ac activity.
5 GHz with a Wi-Spy DBx.
5 GHz with a Wi-Spy Mini, or no Wi-Spy.
|Wi-Spy Mini||Wi-Spy DBx|
|802.11ac Spectrum Data?||No, 2.4 GHz Only||Yes, 2.4 and 5 GHz Supported|
No matter which Wi-Spy you have, 802.11ac networks will still be displayed if you have a compatible WiFi adapter.