Next Generation Wifi Here We Go!

wifi, photo by HuasonicThe Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) have finally approved the next generation wifi after 7 years of work. The news broke in a blog post on the Signal2Noise site on Friday morning and was followed by a formal press release later in the day. Although products using the 802.11n technology have been sold for several years they have all been labelled “802.11n draft“.

The standard offers speeds at least six times faster than current approved technology. But as the BBC Web site explains “without the IEEE’s approval, there were no guarantees that future networking equipment would be compatible with the devices.

Back in 2007 Wifi planet noted that “Enterprises have been slow to step up to 802.11n. Surveys like the 2007 State-of-the-WLAN Report indicate that most businesses will continue to wait for the 802.11n standard to become final before pulling the trigger on widespread next-generation WLAN upgrades.

This new rubber stamping opens the way for mobile devices such as laptops, media players and phones to “offer speeds of 300 megabits per second (Mbps) and above, many times higher than the previous 802.11g, which operates at speeds of up to 54 Mbps. It is also able to transfer data over distances of 90m (300ft) indoors, double that of previous technologies“.

According to the wifi alliance:

With the potential to deliver up to five times the throughput and up to twice the range of previous-generation Wi-Fi gear, products based on the new 802.11n draft 2.0 standard can do more than ever before. Consumers will soon be able to take advantage of whole-home coverage and content-rich applications such as streaming high-definition video, online gaming with multiple users on a single network, and speedy file transfer of photos, music, and more. Enterprise users will be able leverage 802.11n products to increase network capacity and improve robustness.

Wifi just got a whole lot slicker…