Why do we care about faster WiFi? Say it with me
people: "streaming HDTV without wires." Ok,maybe we're a little obsessed with the whole HDTV over WiFi thing, but
it really impresses the ladies. Now that the Enhanced
Wireless Consortium voted 40-0 on a joint 802.11n proposal, it's more likely that the IEEE will move the standard
forward. Full ratification may take all year, but you can bet we'll see more "pre-n" gear and less
"pre-pre-n" equipment which kills our product suggestion of "Finding MIMO."
The new 802.11n standard is expected to increase wireless networking speeds up to five times over 802.11a/g, which are currently pegged at 54Mbps, but we all know that the real throughput is currently about half of that, right? Greater compression rates will also help as current MPEG-2 HD requires up to 19.39Mbps of pipe.