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IEEE finally approves 802.11n WiFi standard

Dancing in the streets
Mon Sep 14 2009, 11:49

THE IEEE has finally approved the 802.11n high-throughput wireless LAN standard after just seven years in the wilderness.

The new wireless standard, capable of delivering throughput of 300Mbps and even higher, was first drafted in the year they buried the Queen Mum. The standard has since gone through six iterations.

According to the IEEE all existing WiFi Certified 802.11 Draft N wireless products will still work with the final standard.

802.11n offers much higher speeds than the existing 802.11g, which can only manage 54Mbps with the wind behind it.

Many wireless vendors have been offering 802.11n-based products during the past six years and calling them Draft N products.

Most existing equipment can be upgraded to the final specification via a firmware update, the IEEE said. µ



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