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Wi-Fi To Replace Wired Networks Within 3 Years
By: MarkJ - 29 August, 2007 (1:26 PM)

The latest Burton Group research claims that current wired Ethernet networks will be replaced by the new generation of Wi-Fi (802.11n wireless) technology within 3 years.

Personally we still prefer the security and speed of a wired link wherever possible but that won't stop a wireless world from happening. On the other hand you can never underestimate the power of tin foil hat wearing scare monkeys:

In 1977, Ken Olsen, the founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, said, “There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.” But we all know what eventually happened. And skeptics may say, “Wireless will never replace wires”—but will the future prove them wrong?

Unfortunately 802.11n is still stuck in the middle of the IEEE's tiresome standard's ratification process, with final approval not expected until 2009. Still, that hasn't stopped plenty of pre-N equipment flooding the market.

In our opinion current draft 802.11n technology isn't all that good; it's a bit faster but by no means up to the otherwise solid throughput of established Gigabit Ethernet links.


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