Compromise Reached On 802.11n Spec

By Dave

Finally, after waiting for what seems like forever, we might see real 802.11n devices in store shelves in a year to a year and a half.

The road to next-generation Wi-Fi now appears to lead toward an industry-standard IEEE 802.11n specification, as the competing groups resolved their differences Wednesday.

Forty out of forty-two companies (with two abstentions) voted unanimously to accept the Enhanced Wireless Consortium specification, led by Intel, Atheros, and Broadcom. The proposal, as written, would boost Wi-Fi speeds up to 600 Mbits/sec. According to representatives from Atheros, the compromise proposal will be offered to the IEEE on Jan. 16.

I personally think that it was a long time coming, especially since companies have decided that they need to form new organizations as the IEEE takes to long to ratify new standards.

I really hope that they finish this mess up, and get the products to market. I have been holding off on wireless, and now that my cousin has bought one, I want it to be basically obsolete in comparison, when I get my 802.11n wireless router. *evil laugh*

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