Waiting for the new wireless standard

Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2006 - 11:35 AM |
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The new WiFi standard, 802.11n is having some troubles.  While you can buy "Draft n" routers, they don't work at nearly the speeds they should, as AnandTech found out.  Add to that the fact that there is no guarantee that these draft models will be compliant with the 802.11n standard, once the IEEE gets it hammered out.

"It has been over two and half years since the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

(IEEE) formed a task group to develop and implement a new 802.11 standard for wireless local area

networks (WLAN). The proposed standard is known as 802.11n and is designed to eventually offer speeds

up to 600 Mbps (burst mode, quad spatial streaming in the 5GHz band) with average data transfer rates

around 200 Mbps and ranges extending up to 200 Feet indoors. The current shipping Draft N products

advertise speeds up to 300 Mbps (burst mode, dual channel streaming) with data transfer rates reaching

130 Mbps and indoor distances up to 150 feet. The current 802.11g standard offers speeds up to 54 Mbps

with sustained transfer rates around 24 Mbps operating at distances up to 100 feet indoors.
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Source: AnandTech
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