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802.11n Wireless-N standard ratified

Six years on, next-gen Wi-Fi is official

After more than six years, the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) has succeeded in getting the 802.11n standard for wireless networking officially ratified.

Following on from 802.11a/b/g, and also known as Wirless N, 802.11n boosts Wi-Fi throughput speeds to more than 300Mbps. In principle it could go to 600Mbps. Wireless N supports multiple anntennae in routers, so it should offer more reliable connectivity.

Now that 802.11n has been officially ratified, products will no-longer carry the terms 'pre-N' and 'draft-N'.

See also: Wireless-N W-Fi standard to be ratified in September

Bruce Kraemer, chair of the IEEE Wireless LAN Working Group, said: "This was an extraordinarily wide-ranging technical challenge that required the sustained effort and concentration of a terrific variety of participants

"When we started in 2002, many of the technologies addressed in 802.11n were university research topics and had not been implemented."

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