Experts warn of 'bumpy' transition to 802.11n

by admin August 21, 2006 at 5:15 am

But Wi-Fi firms up and running with IEE 802.11n draft kit

The transition from existing IEEE 802.11b/g Wi-Fi to the next-gen 802.11n standard will be “bumpy” and difficult, industry experts warned today.

Analyst firm In-Stat expects the transition to 802.11n to be more difficult than from 802.11b to 802.11g.

“The second quarter is typically a slow quarter, and it will be interesting to see how vendors position draft 802.11n products within their traditional third-quarter back-to-school and holiday promotions,” said In-Stat analyst Victoria Fodale.

Although the IEEE 802.11n wireless Lan standard is probably a year away from formal ratification, wireless networking firms are “off and running” with a fast-growing number of products based on draft 1.0 of the emerging standard.

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