802.11g Takes the Lead
In the past year, 802.11g products have shaken up the retail shelves, promising faster throughput than those with the slower and older 802.11b technology. Demand for "g" products has grown so significantly that by the fourth quarter of 2003, sales outpaced those of 802.11b devices. As a result, prices for "b" products have dropped to the point where you can now buy a wireless "b" card and router bundle for as low as $60.
"G" products, which are interoperable with "b" products and operate in the same 2.4-GHz radio spectrum, have also easily surpassed sales of 802.11a products, which offer the same speeds as "g" products but are not compatible with either "b" or "g." But because "a" operates in the 5-GHz spectrum, it encounters less interference than do 802.11b and 802.11g products, whose spectrum is shared by common household electronics such as microwave ovens and cordless phones.
Sales of products that support all three standards have been increasing in corporate settings.
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