802.11n Wi-Fi Standard Finally Approved

It’s only taken 7 years, but the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) has finally approved the faster, longer-range 802.11n wireless standard to replace the good old draft standard. The creation of the 560-page 802.11n amendment required “an extraordinarily wide-ranging technical challenge that required the sustained effort and concentration of a terrific variety of participants.” according to Paul Nikolich, IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee Chairman.

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The IEEE was also keen to indicate that the final standard will allow most, if not all the wireless equipment built following the old draft standard will function with no additional user effort required or, at the worst with a firmware update. Even though it’s great to see that the standard has finally been set in stone, you do have to wonder what took so long. With already functioning equipment having existed since 2002, you really do have to wonder what the IEEE really doing the whole time…

You can check out the official press release over at Reuters or visit the Wi-Fi Alliance web page.

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