Eight laboratories around the world began testing IEEE 802.11n products this week. This is certainly welcome news for those of us who have followed the standard for the past few years.
After a couple of failed attempts by companies who wanted to get a head start, interoperability testing is finally going to get 802.11n on a firm footing. It's a fairly complex spec, which usually means there are more places to fail the test.
We haven't heard much news about who's testing, where, and when products might reach the market except that it is expected to start this summerjust before the back-to-school rushaccording the Wi-Fi Alliance, which is sponsoring the testing.
I, for one, am looking forward to seeing what sort of data rates are actually achieved in real world situations. The technology has serious competition from UWB and to a lesser extent WiMAX and other technologiesbut I doubt the window of opportunity is closing. There are just too many applications for one technology to be the best in every instance.