September 14, 2009
New Wi-Fi Technology Approved After Years Of Use
Regulators have finally approved use of the next-generation of wi-fi technology even though it has already been in use for several years, BBC News reported.
The IEEE, a body that oversees all wi-fi standards, ratified the 802.11n technology that was developed seven years ago and offers speeds at least six times faster than current approved technology.
However, many PCs and routers have been using the standard for many years by labeling it "802.11n draft".
By doing this, electronics companies were taking a risk that networking equipment in the future wouldn't be compatible with the devices.
But now the IEEE's approval offers some reassurance for future developments.
The Wi-Fi Alliance, a group that tests wireless products to ensure compliance, confirmed that all existing draft 802.11n wi-fi products would work with the final standard.
Bruce Kraemer of the IEEE called it an extraordinarily wide-ranging technical challenge.
"When we started in 2002, many of the technologies addressed in 802.11n were university research topics and had not been implemented," he said.
Experts say the 802.11n technology can offer speeds of 300 megabits per second (Mbps) and above under ideal conditions. The previous 802.11g versions could only operate at speeds of up to 54 Mbps.
The new standard can also transfer data from up to 300 feet indoors, which is over twice as far as the previous release.
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