Superfast Wi-Fi Standard Solidifies

Sometime tonight, voting among the engineers charged with developing the IEEE's 802.11n Wi-Fi standard will end, and smart money says the results--to be announced within days--will be a second draft of the superfast standard. For those who don't follow the ins and outs of wireless networking, the 802.11n standard promises theoretical maximum speeds of up to 300 megabits per second, compared to 54 mbps for its predecessor, 802.11g, and 11 mbps for the original 802.11b standard.

Of course, real-world throughput is invariably a lot slower, especially if great distances and data encryption are involved. In our tests last fall of the first Wi-Fi gear based on the initial draft of the 802.11n standard, though, we saw speeds approaching those of ethernet connections at close rang

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oh man... it's finally here. I hate having to hook up my laptop to burn ISOs at anything faster than 1X ... i can't even burn at 1X so it keeps buffering or whatever. Burning at 16X (20MB/s) or even lowly 4x or 8X would be so sweet. 802.11G can't even keep up with 2x. Bring on the old type mini-pci cards so i can switch the one out in my laptop. I wouldn't want that thing sticking out the side of my laptop. That's prolly the only reason i haven't bought one of those Linksys Pre-N cards just yet.

finally, feels like 802.11n has been out for years already... Obv it will be accepted and hopefully some hardware will come out and a decent price.