The Wi-Fi world has always had the interference bogeyman lurking in the shadows, threatening to tie hot spot users in knots. In a report entitled "The Urban Wi-Fi Crash of 2004," Peter Kastner of market research firm Aberdeen Group says interference in urban Wi-Fi nets is close at hand. Kastner, who is senior analyst at Boston-based Aberdeen, says the more powerful or advanced flavors of 802.11 wont be a help to users, because they are automatically "dumbed down" by other access points. "New purchases are going to 802.11g because of the improved throughput," says Kastner, "but theres absolutely no improvement in the interface."
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