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IEEE Ratifies 802.11n

Mon, 09/14/2009 - 8:25am
Maisie Ramsay

The IEEE Standards Board has ratified 802.11n, defining mechanisms for improved data rates and ranges for wireless local area networks (WLANs).

The IEEE 802.11n amendment defines mechanisms for WLANs that deliver 10 times higher data rates than previous standards and also ensures compatibility with legacy deployments and security systems.

The ratification of the 560-page 802.11n specification marks the conclusion of a seven-year effort involving more than 400 industry professionals from 20 countries.

"The amendment will enable a dramatic leap forward in WLAN scalability with only a modest associated rise in costs for the industry and end users," said Paul Nikolich, IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee chairman, in a statement.

The amendment, titled "WLAN Enhancements for Higher Throughput," will be published in mid-October.

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