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IEEE ratifies faster 802.11g standard

Thu, 06/12/2003 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

It looks like dozens of home networking vendors will soon be able to remove the "pre-standard" clarifier attached to their 802.11g gear.

The standards board of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has ratified 802.11g, a wireless standard that pushes theoretical throughputs to 54 Mbps. 802.11b, its widely-deployed but interoperable counterpart, offers throughputs of up to 11 Mbps. Both "g" and "b" live in the 2.4 GHz frequency. 802.11a, which also spits out data up to 54 Mbps, lives in the 5 GHz frequency.

The Wi-Fi Alliance applauded the passing, noting that it will soon release the first round of certified 802.11g products.

The additional bandwidth could open up the door to more wireless-based multimedia video applications. Cable operators, as one example, are starting to look at 802.11g-over-coax technology to serve as the broadband backbone for multi-room digital video recorders.

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