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Aug 24 2010   6:58AM GMT

Put him in, Coach: 802.11n is ready to play

Kevin Beaver Kevin Beaver Profile: Kevin Beaver

If you read the vendor press releases and marketing slicks, you’d think that 802.11n was the bomb. It’s faster, it’s more powerful – it even has more antennas for goodness sake! Shouldn’t that mean something to the average techie? Maybe so, but I’m just not seeing it.

The 802.11n draft has been out, for what, three years now and we’re approaching the one-year anniversary of the “final” amendment. But where is 802.11n? I’ve yet to see any of my clients deploy it. I’ve yet to see it at any Wi-Fi hotspots – including large hotspot deployments such as airports. I’ve yet to see it when driving around town. It’s just not out there. Maybe it’s just me not looking hard enough.

Better yet, maybe 802.11n is the Windows 7 of networking: Not a lot of market penetration just yet, but if we wait and see – it’s coming? Given how the market works, perhaps once existing a/b/g equipment is replaced in the future, 802.11n will be the only viable alternative. Who knows?

I suspect some larger enterprises, universities and businesses with a heavy reliance on Wi-Fi are rolling out 802.11n and loving it. I’m just not seeing it. What about you?

Kevin Beaver is an independent information security consultant, keynote speaker, and expert witness with Principle Logic, LLC and a contributor to the IT Watch Blog.

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