The IEEE has finally approved the next high-speed Wi-Fi standard 802.11n, after going through a dozen or so revisions from the standard was conceived in 2002. The standard is said to be capable of delivering throughput speeds of up to 300 megabits per second, but it is also reported to achieve higher than that.
Few additions have been made to the draft, according to Network World, and all of the additions are optional.
News of the announcement broke by the longtime chairman of the 802.11n Task Group, Bruce Kraemer, in an e-mail expressing his thanks to members of the group that contributed to the efforts of making it a standard. “Although this e-mail vehicle falls far short of expressing the sentiment, thanks to the hundreds of 802.11members that contributed to these efforts, as well as the 802 EC and the IEEE Staff,” he wrote.
While the standard was conceived in 2002, it was until 2003 when the Task Group was formed – on September 11, 2003). The certified products that are currently using this standard are using draft 2.0, and not the final version, and can deliver somewhere between 150Mbps and 200Mbps. The Wi-Fi Alliance, however, says that it will begin testing products under the new standard on September 30.
Most of the existing equipment using 802.11n can be upgraded to the final specifications via a simple firmware update, and all future products will be compatible to the products that have already been certified.