Forrester: 802.11n wireless networking standard not yet ready for prime time
A new report from Forrester Research recommends that enterprise users should stay away from 802.11n implementations until the 802.11n standard is ratified.
Ratification, Forrester's Chris Silva notes in "802.11n: Too Early For Enterprise Adoption Today," will help bring a semblance of order to an upgrade-to-n process likely to involve "increased bandwidth strain on back-end switches, and the need to refresh all access points in a WLAN or replace the entire WLAN infrastructure."
As to ratification, the IEEE 802.11n Working Group is now targeting a March, 2008 timetable for ratification. Sticking a toe in the water, the Wi-Fi Alliance now has a certification progrma in place for "draft-n" hardware.
But despite this momentum what Chris is really saying here is that the 802.11n ratification process is too early for enterprise to redo their wireless networks and bet the store on 802.11n.
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