Broadcom: 802.11n unlikely to replace 802.11g

Broadcom has revised its outlook for 802.11n chips, envisioning that 802.11n is unlikely to replace 802.11g as the mainstream technology standard for the WLAN market, according to Michael Hurlston, vice president and general manager of Broadcom's WLAN business unit. The price difference between 802.11n and 802.11g solutions was a fundamental factor in Broadcom's shift in outlook for 802.11n chips, Hurlston added. Since the manufacture of 802.11g chips is mature and the prices for 802.11g devices are very competitive, 802.11g will continue to be the mainstream for the industry, Hurlston stated.

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ec4912 said,
I need something like 802.11n in order to watch live TV around the house wirelessly. It requires 100Mbps.

802.11n will get about 70Mbit sustained throughput in real world settings, despite what the advertising claims. You don't need 100Mbps to watch TV though, unless you mean 1080p?

I know I'm holding off for N. I'm goign to get a wireless router for my house once the standard matures, I don't trust the speed and security of G or B -it'll be the standard soon just as G was after it was released.

If notebooks continue to have 802.11n cards in them then eventually n will become more popular. I opted for the 802.11n card with my dell 1520 and plan on getting a 802.11n router in the next couple of months.

"G" is without a doubt the standard right now, but I think that "N" will have widespread adoption at least within the business sector. Many companies have been holding off on doing any wireless because of speed and security concerns..."N" fixes all of that. Granted there will be other wireless standards (I just read an interesting article about UWB) to come, but I think that because businesses will adopt this (and I'm talking companies, not your local coffee shop) home users will start adopting it shortly thereafter.

I give it two years and "N" will be the popular standard.

Of course N isn't going to be the defacto standard right away for one it is still rather expensive (the main cause) and two most users currently have no need for speeds above 54MB, although the extended range is useful, what good is a connection that fast when the backbone is a 6MB cable connection or even a 40MB FIOS. Yes I know the higher speeds would allow for faster file transfer but how many non-tech savy people do that anyway (I consider people posting on Neowin at least somewhat tech savy).

Most N wireless access points will slow down to G speeds (54Mbps) if there is a G host connected to it causing it to drop down into mixed mode performance. So youll only see improved performace if all your hosts are using N technology in your network.

The speed wont be affected by your neigbours G kit thats in range though.