Sunday, May 21, 2006

802.11n Fails

The new wireless draft standard, 802.11n, failed on its first ballot through the IEEE standards process. In order to pass, the draft standard needed at least a 75% approval rate by its members; instead, it received 46%. According to an article in ExtremeTech, technical draft standards generally go through this process a few times before being ratified. On the consumer side, be careful if you are purchasing "802.11n-compliant" equipment. This is equipment that is built to the draft standard. It will be called "802.11n-compatible" when it adheres to the ratified standard.

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