Belkin's not the first manufacturer to release wireless routers touting the latest 802.11ac standard — both Buffalo and Netgear have beat them to the punch. The company is now joining the party with the announcement of its AC1000 DB and AC1200 DB wireless routers, both of which support the new 802.11ac gigabit wireless protocol. The AC1200 DB should theoretically offer higher speeds — it's based on the 1166Mbps link rate, which Belkin claims will offer 300Mbps performance on 2.4GHz and 867Mbps on 5GHz. The AC1000 DB, on the other hand, only offers up to 665Mbps on 5GHz, with identical performance on 2.4GHz.
Of course, these speeds are only theoretical maximum outputs — and since there still aren't yet any computers that support the standard, you're only buying these routers now for future compatibility. Both routers are IPv6 compatible and come with 4 ethernet ports and 2 USB ports. As for pricing and availability, Belkin claims both routers will be on sale by the end of the month; the AC1000 DB will go for $139.99, while the AC1200 DB will cost $159.99 — prices that undercut Buffalo and Netgear's solutions.