802.11n will be usable in all environments
Kumar, Technical and Product Manager, ADC Krone discusses the features, adoption
and acceptance of next generation Wi-Fi 802.11n.
What feature enhancements can we expect in 802.11n?
With 802.11n the users can look forward to higher WLAN data throughput, increased
range, robustness, immunity to interference and a reliable user experience.
The primary feature of 802.11n is speed. It is designed to replace the current
802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g standards, with data rates of 100 Mbps or above.
Enhanced Wireless Consortium (EWC) specification includes PHY transmission rates
up to 600Mbps which supports applications requiring high data rates (such as
transmitting multiple HDTV streams), and reduces battery drain by minimising
the time required to send and receive data streams.
Will there be issues while deploying wireless networks
using this technology?
IEEE expects a smooth transition to the 802.11n standard with backward compatibility
built into new equipment, allowing consumers and businesses to upgrade network
equipment gradually. The faster speeds will allow robust applications to be
effectively run over public hotspots and private LANs, and greater range is
What verticals or business sectors will adopt it? Why?
802.11n will support all major platforms, including consumer electronics, personal
computing and handheld platforms, and will be usable through all major environments,
including enterprise, home and public hotspots.
How will 802.11n technology change the network scenario
802.11n is the third-generation wireless LAN standard and it supports speeds
comparable with Fast Ethernet. This speed advantage can lead to a much better
acceptance level for Wireless LAN.
When will 802.11n be launched in India and globally?
EWC hopes to speed up the ratification of 802.11n standard, while enabling an
ecosystem of high performance WLAN products built to a common set of guidelines.
Product developments are happening parallelly and we can expect the global launches
immediately after the standard ratification.