Final 802.11n To Arrive After 7 Years

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Scottsdale, Ariz. - Wi-Fi Alliance tests to certify wireless-network products built to the final IEEE 802.11n standard are expected to start in late September following an early September vote by the IEEE to ratify standard, research company In-Stat said.

Because it will have taken seven years to finalize the standard, Wi-Fi vendors released pre-standard products in 2007, and the Alliance-certified products based on the draft standard to ensure interoperability, In-Stat said. To date, more than 600 products have been certified as "draft 11n, 2.0."

Because IEEE standards "have not changed significantly in the final stages of approval," senior analyst Victoria Fodale said, vendors who sell certified draft 2.0 products will be eligible to use the approved 802.11n logo without retesting. The Alliance said it will not change the baseline requirements of its 802.11n certification program and plans to make only small optional additions, she noted.


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