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IEEE Passes 802.11n Wireless Standard

Category: Networking
Posted: 02:12AM

The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) has finally certified the 802.11n wireless standard. This news comes after the approval of the 802.11n-2009 amendment last weekend which "defines how to design interoperable WLAN equipment that provides a variety of capabilities including a wide range of data rates, quality of service, reliability, range optimization, device link options, network management and security" and describes "WLAN Enhancements for Higher Throughput" which "will enable rollout of significantly more scalable WLANs that deliver 10-fold-greater data rates than previously defined while ensuring co-existence with legacy systems and security implementations." This approval is long overdue, seven years in total! Wireless-N products currently available are of the "draft-n" specification and "proper-n" devices should be available from manufacturers in the near future. The 560 page amendment document should be published next month. The differences between the draft-n and proper-n specifications are minimal, and shouldn't affect consumers significantly. Here's to the next faster wireless standard, and in the meantime we can feel confident knowing that wireless-n is fully certified!

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