IEEE Ratifies Final 802.11n Certification...Seven Years Later

So, here's a question. Did you realize that the 802.11n WLAN router you purchased three years ago, your shiny new 802.11n-equipped notebook and your 802.11n dongle you bought for your grandmother wasn't actually certified? It's true! 802.11n--which is widely known as the quickest of the Wi-Fi transmission protocols available today (trumping 802.11a/b/g)--has been mulling around in one "Draft" status or another for years now. Seven whole years, in fact.

Over the weekend, however, the IEEE working group responsible for making sure 802.11n was rock solid from top to bottom decided that everything was finally just right.The Standards Board finally ratified the 802.11n-2009 amendment, which defines "mechanisms that provide significantly improved
data rates and ranges for wireless local area networks (WLANs)." Over one million 802.11n units already ship per day worldwide, but now you can finally rest assured that one product will cooperate with another. Here's a simple overview of what this certification means:

"The IEEE 802.11 standard defines how to design interoperable WLAN equipment that provides a variety of capabilities including a wide range of data rates, quality of service, reliability, range optimization, device link options, network management and security.

The 560-page 802.11n amendment-"…WLAN Enhancements for Higher Throughput"1-will enable rollout of significantly more scalable WLANs that deliver 10-fold-greater data rates than previously defined while ensuring co-existence with legacy systems and security implementations."

Publishing of the actual document is scheduled for next month, and users shouldn't really have to worry over their current products not working right. The goal here was to make sure Draft-N items didn't get put out of work when the final specification was published, so the average consumer shouldn't even notice a difference. Still, it's nice to see all the i's dotted and t's crossed so we can get to work on the next fastest thing.
Via:  Reuters
Jeremy 5 years ago

If 11n took 7 years, the next protocol should take 10?

Out of pure curiosity, does anyone know what took so long?

3vi1 5 years ago

>> Out of pure curiosity, does anyone know what took so long?

277 members on the working team, all trying to pull a RAMBUS and get their intellectual property snuck into the spec.

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

It may sound dumb coming from someone typing on a alpha Linux OS, but this is what I have been really waiting for. I know there were some issues with early N routers messing up other routers in the area.

digitaldd 5 years ago

I'm going to say they had interference issues with all the original draft-N stuff. I mean the 2.4ghz spectrum is overutilized as it is.

Der Meister 5 years ago

Thats why you run a dual N band router 2.4ghz and 5.0ghz

acarmichael2000 5 years ago

Anyone know what's planned after N spec?

shawn.o 5 years ago

Who knows! These things tend to take forever, lots of red tape and LOTS of manufacturers to please. Imagine trying to ratify something that literally hundreds of companies use as critical parts to their products.

rapid1 5 years ago

Yes shawn.o that is the whole of it. However; it does seem the IEEE took exceptionally long on this one. Look how long it took for other things they certified. Then compare it Wireless N seems to have taken an extra long journey for certification. That reminds me I will need to check my routers firmware next week.

realneil 5 years ago

I've had an "N" speed router for years. I jumped as soon as they were available and I haven't looked back. Mine is smooth, butter on hot toast and delivers signal to 4 computers without a hiccup, burp, or fart.

I knew it was only built to a "Draft" standard, but it offered far greater speeds that the "G" I had.

I've been extremely happy with it's performance for all of these years,......ANXIOUSLY awaiting The Standards Board's blessings.

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