Faster WiFi standard gets the nod

The 802.11n version of the WiFi standard has finally been ratified

The 560-page 802.11n amendment - “…WLAN Enhancements for Higher Throughput” - should  reduce market uncertainty about using the new technology, which is meant to increase WiFi data throughputs tenfold.

More than 400 people  from equipment and silicon suppliers, service providers, systems integrators, consultant organizations and academic institutions, from more than 20 countries, participated in a seven-year effort leading to IEEE 802.11n’s ratification. Publication of the amendment is scheduled for mid-October.

“This was an extraordinarily wide-ranging technical challenge that required the sustained effort and concentration of a terrific variety of participants. When we started in 2002, many of the technologies addressed in 802.11n were university research topics and had not been implemented,” said Bruce Kraemer, chair of the IEEE wireless LAN working group. “The performance improvements achieved via IEEE 802.11n stand to transform the WLAN user experience, and ratification of the amendment sets the stage for a new wave of application innovation and creation of new market opportunities.”

Paul Nikolich, IEEE 802 LAN/MAN standards committee chairman, added: “The amendment will enable a dramatic leap forward in WLAN scalability with only a modest associated rise in costs for the industry and end users.”

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