Despite the fact that Draft 1.0 of the 802.11n standard drew an unusually large number of comments, some manufacturers have already begun shipping so-called “draft-compliant” gear. It looks as though that deluge of comments will lead to a delay in the second draft of the specification, with a vote for Draft 2.0 not coming until January 2007.
802.11n is the next step up from 802.11g, offering wireless data transmission speeds of up to 600Mbps. The promise of such speeds has been enough for manufacturers and consumers alike to jump on the 802.11n bandwagon. However, as we pointed out in May, those investing in next-gen wireless might not get the return they are hoping for.
One issue is that the draft-compliant equipment may not be upgradeable up to the final spec, once one has been ratified.