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Friday, June 21, 2013 - 8:45am
CNN — A new, faster version of Wi-Fi was officially rubber-stamped this week.
The latest Wi-Fi technology, called "802-11-A-C," offers speeds of up to one-point-three gigabits per second.
That's fast enough to transfer an entire high-definition movie to a tablet in under four minutes.
It could also share photo albums with friends in a matter of seconds or stream three HD videos at the same time.
It's more than double the top speed of the previous standard, known as 802-11-N.
The new Wi-Fi standard comes at a crucial time.
The average number of Wi-Fi devices in U.S. households has doubled since 2008.
Each home now averages four devices connected to a Wi-Fi network during peak usage times.