Faster 802.11 standard delayed
Those waiting for data transfer speeds of 100 Mbps on the 802.11n standard
will have to wait till about 2008. The ratification of the standard has been
pushed forward by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
because of the large number of comments received. In all, about 12,000 comments
have been sent to the IEEE.
According to industry specialists, the second draft of 802.11n should be ready
for final approval by early 2008. However, IT Weeks tests on the kit found
that speeds of around 100 Mbps were not achieved. Also there were problems vis-à-vis
compatibility with existing 802.11a/b/g standards.
For enterprises using pre-802.11n hardware, the delay may spell bad news because
of the danger of having their incompatible hardware rendered useless.
Vendors however have already started manufacturing hardware for the standard.
Analysts have been firm on advising organisations to not deploy 802.11n hardware
before the standard is given the green flag. Its going to be a while.