The adapter is built to comply with the next-generation 802.11ac wireless networking standard, which can theoretically triple the amount of bandwidth that the current champ, 802.11n, can provide. The new standard is so fast, in fact, that USB might limit the connection speeds – so the TRENDnet adapter uses USB 3.0 (it’s backwards compatible with USB 2.0, just slower).
When run in conjunction with an 802.11ac router, the new device can theoretically reach up to 867Mbps; 300Mbps with 802.11n.
At the moment, TRENDnet is only offering a Windows driver with the adapter, which means no Mac or Linux support. The TEW-805UB is available now from TRENDnet’s website, for the reasonable sum of $59.99.