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The 320Mbps Wireless LANs (802.11n)

Posted: 14th Apr, 2003 By: MarkJ
Could we one day be surfing the Internet at speeds of up to 320Mbps via broadband wireless connections? Today that dream has come one step closer thanks to the IEEE's latest standard - 802.11n:

Earlier this year, the standards body formed a working group, the High Throughput Study Group, to explore the possible extension of the 802.11 specification to higher bandwidths. That group has now move to the next stage of implementation, and become the High Throughput Task Group. It is expected to receive official recognition in September as the 802.11n Working Group.

The Group has two goals: "To define standardised modifications to the 802.11 MAC and PHY layers that achieve a minimum increase in throughput of 100Mbps as measured at the MAC data SAP", and "to improve the 802.11 wireless LAN user experience by providing significantly higher throughput for current applications."


It's early days yet, although standards with a true throughput of 108Mbps and on up to 320Mbps could arrive sometime around 2006. More @ The Register.
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