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By John Pallatto  |  Posted 2004-12-03 Print this article Print

Some manufacturers are willing to issues products claiming 802.11n features because they are "OK with making disposable products" that will be discarded when the final specification is published, McKenzie said. "Theyll just expect the consumer to buy a new router when the specification is set six months, a year or two years from now, McKenzie said. While 802.11n is interesting, McKenzie said his company is even more interested in the WiMax 802.16 standard because "its the real future of wireless" and represents the "true emergence of Wi-Fi/cellular networks." Such networks will allow people to roam at will and connect their mobile devices to the Internet from coast to coast.
Click here to read why the Wi-Fi Alliance is trying to discourage manufacturers from introducing 802.11n products before the standard is fully defined.
"WiMax is a better suited specification for that, and that is why WiMax is so much more important than [802.11n,]" McKenzie said. WiMax will allow Wi-Fi to achieve all that it can achieve in terms of services for consumers, he said. Instead of having one network for cell phones or another network for PDAs, service providers will be able to "build one network, with one infrastructure on one standard that will support everything, voice, data, everything," McKenzie said. Among the products introduced at the show is BelAir Networks BelAir100 Multi-Service Wireless Switch Router, which is a lower-cost version of the earlier BelAir200 router. The BellAir100 is a two-radio router that is designed for use in relatively compact areas, such as hotels, convention centers, shopping malls and airports, company officials said. Customers could use multiple BelAir100s to create large-scale urban Wi-Fi meshes or to provide complete coverage in an enclosed building. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on mobile and wireless computing.

John Pallatto John Pallatto is's Managing Editor News/West Coast. He directs eWEEK's news coverage in Silicon Valley and throughout the West Coast region. He has more than 35 years of experience as a professional journalist, which began as a report with the Hartford Courant daily newspaper in Connecticut. He was also a member of the founding staff of PC Week in March 1984. Pallatto was PC Week's West Coast bureau chief, a senior editor at Ziff Davis' Internet Computing magazine and the West Coast bureau chief at Internet World magazine.

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