Rival 802.11n Groups Agree to Work Together

By Carmen Nobel  |  Posted 2005-08-08

The groups competing to propose a standard for a faster flavor of Wi-Fi known as 802.11n have officially agreed to join forces.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers officials said that a partial merged proposal should be posted for review during a September meeting and that a complete proposal will be ready for group review at a meeting in November. (If the groups fail to complete the proposal by then, the IEEE will go back to the drawing board and reinstate the voting process.)

Since 802.11n was proposed in 2003, the industry has been waiting for the standard, which is designed to increase Wi-Fi throughput rates to at least 100M bps using multiple antennas and multiple data streams in a single channel.

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