Networking

Wireless LAN Comes of Age: Understanding the IEEE 802.11n Amendment

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Executive Summary

During the initial development of the IEEE 802.11n (11n) amendment for improving the throughput of wireless LANs, a lot of excitement existed surrounding the potential higher throughput (i.e., faster downloads), and increased range (distance) achievable. However, delays in the development of this standard (which began in 2003, and is still in the final draft stages) as well as vendor, customer reluctance to adopt the pre-11n offerings in the marketplace, have generally slowed interest in this next-generation technology.

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