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December 29, 2006

Associated Press Suggests Wait on Draft N Purchase

By Glenn Fleishman

The Associated Press notes that Draft N isn’t fully baked: I’m quoted in this brief AP technology item in which an unnamed reader—representative of many, to be sure—asks whether it’s time to upgrade to the faster Wi-Fi gear they see in stores. I and others say it’s not quite time, given that new chips are due in early 2007, and a certified standard should be baked into hardware by mid-2007. In the article, I’m quoted noting that new products will be in the store by March 2007, and that’s accurate.

While Draft 2.0 won’t appear until January and be confirmed until March by the IEEE Task Group N, and the Wi-Fi Alliance won’t have certification in place until perhaps the end of second quarter 2007, it’s very likely that manufacturers and chipmakers will have devices on the market no later than March that will, in fact, be firmware upgradable to the final Draft 2.0. In fact, I believe that my entire objection to Draft N devices based on 1.0 will disappear when these newer chips ship, as between the major draft revision’s ostensible acceptance and the certification program by the Wi-Fi Alliance, buyers will have near certainty that no hardware changes will be needed on those devices.

If anyone is on the fence, now is the time to wait!

Posted by Glennf at December 29, 2006 12:56 PM

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