Dell Offering 802.11n Card for Notebooks

By Dave

I can’t believe that 802.11n has not been finalized yet, and what is even worse is how many manufacturers are trying to sell off draft versions of WiFi cards that may not work with the final standard once its decided.

802.11n will be a wireless networking protocol that uses MIMO, multiple in, multiple out technology which will offer greater range and speed.

Despite the fact that it may not work with the final 802.11n, Engadget is recommending people take the plunge with Dell’s offering.

Dell’s implementation comes in the form of its redundantly-named Wireless 1500 Draft 802.11n dual-band wireless card, which utilizes Broadcom’s Intensi-fi flavor of draft-N — available in such products as Netgear’s RangeMax Next lineup — to provide those desirable performance boosts. Usually we’d recommend that you wait to take the plunge until the dust settles and a final standard is announced, but since that may not happen in our lifetimes and Dell’s backwards-compatible card is only $59 (or less, plus the cost of a router), it doesn’t sound too risky to give this option a try.

I personally would never buy a technology until its final version, what about you? Are you that much of an early adopter? Do you already have a pre-N device?

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