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Ageing 802.11n Finally Finalized By September

Gordon Kelly


Ageing 802.11n Finally Finalised By September

The phrase 'Draft' may have been commonly removed from 802.11n wireless these days but did anyone notice (or even care) that it hasn't actually been ratified yet?

As it turns out however those dawdling cronies over at the IEEE continue to debate and re-debate a standard which it doesn't seem to have noticed everyone is using already. Still PCMag.com reports, that clearly oblivious to the real world IEEE chairman Bob Heile has revealed 802.11n could be finalised by September. Ooooh.

"We had one item on the closing Executive Committee meeting agenda," Heile explained. "We sought and were granted conditional approval to forward 802.15.3c latest draft to RevCom for its consideration at its Sept. 2009 meeting. A third and, we hope final, recirculation is in process."

Thanks for that Bob - I've been using Draft 802.11n with no problems whatsoever on a home router, laptop and desktop for more than three years now.

Yes the counter argument from the IEEE is that little tweaks still need to be made to Draft 802.11n to make sure everything works together nicely and as efficiently as possible. Now while I'm heavily in favour of universal standards I think I speak for everyone when I say:

"Move on IEEE. You took too long. No-one cares. 802.11n already isn't fast enough. Stop wasting your time and get moving on its successor, already..."



2817 2350483 00.asp via PC Mag


July 23, 2009, 2:45 pm

Gordon - I completely agree with you.

At best their slowness showed them to be bumbling and out of touch with what the industry needs from them; at worst it risked destabilising a standard that we all rely on by leaving manufactures to make their own interpretations. Neither is good for the consumer or the industry.


July 23, 2009, 3:52 pm

Have they given any indication of the reason for such tardiness ? They need to make sure it does not happen again. We need organisations that can keep up with the pace of change, if we wanted years of delay, we'd let governments do it.


July 23, 2009, 5:24 pm

Just out of curiosity, does the letter 'n' actually refer to anything in particular? I mean I know it's part of the 802.11x IEEE nomenclature, but the choice of 'a', 'b', 'g' and now 'n' seems a bit arbitrary...


July 26, 2009, 7:36 am

@Dan - thanks. And to anyone confused about why I feel 802.11n is already too slow please bear in mind the lack of bandwidth is NOT about a broadband connection even though 12m UK homes can now receive 50Mbit Virgin cable broadband which, with anything other than optimum signal, surpasses the real world speeds of 802.11n.

No, it is about home network streaming. A 1080p HD video has great trouble streaming on anything other than a strong 802.11n signal. This means we need a faster standard so computers, TVs, etc can be positioned more freely without fear of signal worries and still maintain very fast data rates.

@scotw - an inability to agree of micro details within the standard. Discrepancies which - as Draft N proves - have virtually no bearing on real world usage.

@Beaky69 - I have to admit I don't know (and I've done some brief research!). n was long touted as a major jump over g which may have something to do with it but if any readers have a far more likely explanation please feel free to enlighten me.


July 29, 2009, 5:43 pm

802.11h > k were ammendments to the original 802.11x standards -

IEEE 802.11h - Spectrum Managed 802.11a (5 GHz) for European compatibility (2004)

IEEE 802.11i - Enhanced security (2004)

IEEE 802.11j - Extensions for Japan (2004)

IEEE 802.11-2007 - A new release of the standard that includes amendments a, b, d, e, g, h, i & j. (July 2007)

IEEE 802.11k - Radio resource measurement enhancements (2008)

Wikipedia :)


August 22, 2009, 6:07 am

@Andrew - but it didn't tell you IEEE 802.11 l and m? ;)

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