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|Subject: Latest Wi-Fi Standard Begins Certification Thu Nov 27, 2008 5:40 pm|| |
Beginning next month the organisation responsible for developing and policing the technical standards for computer wireless network systems, the Wi-Fi Alliance, will start certifying products using the new 802.11n standard.
Most of us have only just got used to the now de-facto 11g standard, and a few old timers like me are still using 11b kit, so what does the new system have in store? The key selling point is speed, 11n products are up to five times faster than 11b and g, which means it can handle all current audio and video systems, and more importantly, high-definition TV and video, so you can see where this one is going.
As an added bonus 11n products should have slightly better range, indoor operating distances of up to 70 metres are being touted.
All of the key components are now in place for streamed HD TV from PCs and high-def Blu-Ray and HD-DVD players.
In fact several manufacturers have jumped the gun and started marketing 11n products, and this could cause problems as the standard may be liable to revision until 2008, when the official launch is planned, so it might be a good idea to wait a while for all of the kinks to ironed out.