The Wi-Fi Alliance certification program for 802.11n Draft 2.0 will launch in late June, according to the Wi-Fi Alliance. The launch includes a new logo that will appear on consumer products that have been tested for industry-wide interoperability, the latest security protection, and backward compatibility with previous generations of Wi-Fi gear.
802.11n has long been considered the killer app – a spec that could become the de facto standard for home networking, including whole-home networking of entertainment and control devices. That will, of course, depend on how widespread the technology becomes, whether or not CE manufacturers beyond just router makers adopt and incorporate it.
The Alliance is counting on it. They point to the ability to deliver up to five times the throughput and twice the range as previous Wi-Fi gear as the main benefits. According to backers, consumers will be able to take advantage of whole-home coverage and content-rich applications such as streaming high-definition video, online gaming with multiple users on a single network, as well as enjoying faster file transfer of photos, music, etc.
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