OK, “born” was a forced way of speaking. But for a standard like this to take seven years to leave because approving it must have been a birth, even …
After seven years since its first proposed standard hit the market, 802.11n has finally been ratified by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) as an official Wi-Fi standard. With this, the number of devices supporting this wireless network technology should grow significantly, considering that the number of companies that work with the technology today could be much higher.
You probably shouldn't be understanding how something non-standard is in the various products sold by steel. I explain: the approval of this standard has gone through several ups and downs in the last few years, since the introduction of limited devices called “pre-N” in 2002 until the IEEE officialized a provisional specification (draft-n) in March 2007.
All of this was aimed at circumventing the huge delay in reaching a final conclusion for the 802.11n standard, which in fact happened today. Wi-Fi foundations currently in the specification draft-ntherefore, they have some differences in relation to the official standard.
It allows for theoretical transfer speeds of up to 600Mbps, but, in order to reach the final ratification document, many changes have still been made to offer a more reliable and efficient network quality, combining several device frequencies and using a new feature called “aggregation of packages ”, which offers more space for transfers.
More than 400 people in 20 different countries worked to build the standard that was ratified today, and the end result of this is a document with 560 pages that is expected to be released for the second half of October. The first products that take advantage of the new technology will be available only at the end of the year, and it will still be necessary to carefully check the wireless specifications of the routers / computers that you will be purchasing up there, to see if they meet the new standard.