Wi-Fi Alliance unveils first 802.11n Draft 2.0 products

Nilay Patel
N. Patel|05.16.07

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Nilay Patel
May 16, 2007 8:29 PM
Wi-Fi Alliance unveils first 802.11n Draft 2.0 products
You might remember that the 802.11n "Draft 2.0" specification was finally approved just a couple months ago, and since the final 802.11n standard is guaranteed to be compatible with that version, the Wi-Fi Alliance (the trade group that controls the Wi-Fi spec) has retooled the Wi-Fi logo and decided to start certifying products as "802.11n Draft 2.0 certified," in anticipation of the spec being formally released in 2008. There's only a few products on the list released today: router / card combos from Atheros, Broadcom, and Marvell; Cisco and Intel APs; and a chipset / router combo from Ralink. This is, of course, in contrast to the veritable cornucopia of products (hello, Santa Rosa) that meet the earlier draft-n spec, which the Alliance did not certify. While we understand the need for the Wi-Fi Alliance to somehow regulate the enormous number of possibly-incompatible draft-n implementations out there, we'd much rather it just hurry up and finish the 802.11n spec already -- it's been two and a half years. Peep the full list of Draft 2.0 certified products after the jump.

-- Atheros XSPAN with SST Draft 2.0 802.11n Dual-Concurrent 2.4/5GHz Router with Atheros AR7100 Series Wireless Network Processor
-- Atheros XSPAN with SST Draft 2.0 802.11n dual-band 2.4/5GHz card bus
-- Broadcom Intensi-Fi 802.11n router: BCM94705GMP
-- Broadcom Intensi-Fi 802.11n card: BCM94321MC123
-- Cisco Access Point
-- Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
-- Marvell TopDog WLAN solutions (station card)
-- Marvell TopDog WLAN solutions (access point)
-- Ralink MIMObility RT2800PD chip set featuring the RT2860 802.11n 2T3R MAC/BBP and the RT2850 802.11n Dual-Band RFIC
-- Ralink MIMObility RT2800PD access point
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