Taking the Leap into 802.11n
I haven;t made the leap into Pre-N, or MIMO G for that matter. I guess I was lucky with what little streaming I did to my laptop. However, Pre-N does hold promise of a future without wires. However, just for the speed of moving large files and the reliability of the connection, I would expect my next project to remain wired.Â If you are in a situation where wires are not an option, Electronic House has the skinny on delving into Pre-n wireless networking.
From the article:
The 802.11n standard probably wonâ€™t be ratified until the fall of 2008,
but vendors began releasing â€œpre-Nâ€ and â€œMIMO-basedâ€ products based on
initial iterations of the specification more than two years ago. So
today youâ€™ll find products based on draft 1.0 of the spec alongside
standards-based g/b/a equipment from vendors such as Linksys, Netgear,
Buffalo Technology and D-Link.Â
The 802.11n standard is built primarily using a complex technology
called spatial multiplexing, which uses a concept called MIMO (which
standards for multiple-input multiple-output). MIMO typically uses two
or three antennas to receive (input) the signal and two or three radios
to transmit (output) it, plus special signal processing to improve
range and throughput.