802.11n certification to take place ahead of time

— 1:59 PM on August 29, 2006

Voting on a second draft of the 802.11n Wi-Fi specification was recently pushed back a few months, and the final spec may now not be out until 2008. Despite these setbacks, the Wi-Fi Alliance plans to start certifying 802.11n products as early as the beginning of next year, before the standard is completed. Certification for products will begin in March 2007 once the second 802.11n draft is accepted by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The certification process will be changed when the standard is finalized some months later, but the Wi-Fi Alliance reportedly "hopes" to make certified pre- and post-standard 802.11n products interoperable. The 802.11n standard is intended to allow devices to swap data at speeds of up to 540Mb/s and at a range of up to 160 feet.

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