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IDF August 2005 :: 802.11n - Next Gen Wifi

by David Ross on 24 August 2005, 00:00

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The Next Generation Wireless

IDF 2005Whilst at IDF you hear a lot about the future technologies as the current 'new' technologies have just been deployed. Wireless connectivity is no different, whilst we are hearing a lot about WiMAX and other technologies, Intel have updated us on the plans for 802.11n.

We have heard about pre-n routers and wireless access points from netgear. The main features of 802.11n is that it will have a minimum throughput of 100Mbp/s this is a 500% min throughput improvement. There is also extended range enabling the ability to stream wireless HD Video throughout the digital home.

Within the deployment of 802.11n Intel have a number of roles which they have taken onboard, these include catalysing the industry innovation and helping make 802.11n a industry standard.

Intel will deploy a CMOS radio technology and a system in a package design - thus bringing the silicon manufacturing in to the arena. Whilst they will not be the only people making the chips, they will be one of the first to bring it to market.

Intel do not currently have integrated WiFi in their chipsets will ensure that 802.11n will meet the needs for PC users, Consumer Electronics Products, Mobile Communication platforms.

The vision for 802.11n is to build a scalable and robust network, this standard will hopefully have a longer lifespan than its previous generations.

802.11n will support the deployment of MESH networking, this means that the range will be increased, and the deployment will be easier. There will be no wiring within the network, just place the access points and it will just work. If a point fails on the network then it will re-route. The networks are also inteligent and will always take the best performance paths.

The point in having the standard is simple interoperabliity, so that your access point can speak to the next node in order to help build a larger, reliable network.