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802.11n products hitting the market, but should you wait?

Wi-Fi speed buffs are already getting accelerated, thanks to several new 802.11n prestandard products.

Wi-Fi speed buffs are already getting accelerated, thanks to several new 802.11n prestandard products. On Sunday, Netgear announced their Wireless-N line of products, which includes USB adapters, routers, and an HD/gaming networking kit. Linksys, a division of Cisco, has announced new routers that are more attractively styled than the familiar blue boxes and do not require external antennae. Broadcom's products are also set to hit the market soon, as it announced its entry into the market today.

NETGEAR(R) Launches Next Generation Wireless-N Family of Networking Products... (Fox Business)

Linksys Hopes New Designs and Lower Prices Boost 802.11n Sales (PC World)

Broadcom's Dual-Band 802.11n Solutions Deliver the First Real Wi-Fi(R) Multimedia... (Reuters)

However, other technologies on the horizon might give you pause as you consider upgrading your infrastructure. Arun Radhakrishnan posted a blog on Sony's new TransferJet technology, which promises throughput of 560 Mbps, and Marvell made an announcement last week too. Here is a snippet...

Last week, Marvell announced an 802.11n MIMO chip that can do three spatial streams (that's three simultaneous streams of data between the client and the AP), giving a symbol rate of 450 Mbit/s and therefore a data throughput that might get to around 200 Mbit/s depending on distance.

Should you hold off on 802.11n because of Marvell? (Techworld)

So, by the time 802.11n is an actual standard, it could very well be obsolete, which is nothing new in the world of high technology. But, this may give a lot of businesses a reason to wait around for truly high bandwidth rather than upgrading to 802.11n and then going through another upgrade in the near future. What is the next wireless technology you will implement?

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