Firms May Find 802.11n Kit Too Hot To Handle

With the release of the Next-Gen Wireless-N component for Centrino laptops, Intel became the latest company to unveil a product supporting IEEE 802.11n. Other vendors like Asus, Belkin, Buffalo, D-Link and Netgear have also shipped 802.11n hardware, which would require a firmware upgrade to be fully consistent with the specification when it is ratified. A spokesman for WLAN security supplier AirDefense warned that 802.11n equipment, though unlikely to deliver speeds of 300-400Mbit/s as claimed by companies, can experience problems even with rates of 10/100Mbit/s. He said that 802.11n access points supporting 100Mbit/s data streams across a corporate network could cause problems, particularly for services like IP telephony.
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