Monday, January 30, 2006

802.11n busted?

The Register is reporting that recent trials by Tom's Networking of the latest 802.11n gear were a total disaster.
We found that the product's maximum speed was indeed impressive, topping 100Mbps under the right conditions. But we also saw behavior that does not bode well for use with mixed WLANs... depending on how close the two WLANs are, legacy gear can be essentially knocked off the air.
Depressingly it appears that the interference issues aren't just a hardware or a software issue, although the gear appears to have some problems there as well, but is designed in as part of the original specification. Err, it's not as if there are that many existing wireless networks or anything though, so I'm sure it'll all be fine...