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IEEE group greenlights 802.11g draft

Mon, 02/17/2003 - 7:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11 Working Group late last week approved P802.11g, a wireless LAN protocol standard that extends the theoretical data rate of 802.11b gear from 11 Mbps to a more robust 54 Mbps.

"By extending the IEEE 802.11b PHY to 54 Mbps, IEEE 802.11g will create data-rate parity at 2.4 GHz with IEEE standard 802.11a, which allows for a 54 Mbps rate at 5 GHz," noted Stuart Kerry, chair of the IEEE 802.11 Working Group. "Now that we have a complete draft of the IEEE P802.11g standard, some manufacturers are beginning to release products in accordance with it."

Indeed, just this week SMC Networks launched a line of draft 802.11g-compliant products, including a cable/DSL router, wireless PCI card and wireless adapter. Those products will start shipping in March, the company said.

Brian Mathews, IEEE 802.11's publicity chair, warned, however, "the only way to guarantee compliance and avoid potential interoperability problems is to wait for final ratification of 802.11g."

The IEEE said that the final okay on the "g" standard is expected in mid-June 2003, followed by publication in late July.

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