WiFi Alliance to Ratify Pre-802.11n

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by eric_stewart, Sep 3, 2006.

  1. eric_stewart

    eric_stewart Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    This was announced in the News thread:


    Personally, and despite what Tom Higgins at tomsnetworking.com might say, I think this is a very good thing. His saying it isn't makes for good press and hits on his website. Leave the politics to the politicians. Despite the wrangling over the technical details of what will certainly prove to be a very complex specification, the fact remains that in the end the Wifi Alliance's rather portentious announcement that they will ratify this spec is good news for us unwashed proletariat. Look what they did with WPA-PSK (now 802.11i - AES). Look what happened when X2 and K56Flex were announced & implemented in advance of the ITU-T ratifying a 56Kbps modem standard (now ITU-T V.90->V.92) There is much history and inertia behind these initiatives. The warring factions are forced to throw down their weapons and shake hands. Isn't that what a "protocol" is anyway...a "rule for communication"?

    Interoperability will be assured and the IEEE will be forced to finally get their thumbs out and ink a deal after ringing the heads of the corporations whose private interests have hijacked them in the first place. Ironic. In the end, the purists among us will say that having industry dictate the standards vs. the standards body is backward and devalues the process. I simply state that where the process is flawed to the extent that a standard for which the public has been rallying for several years is mired in bureaucratic mud, then the process has to be revisited lest the august body in question become a paper tiger.

    Squawking about the process and not the end result is counter productive and a waste of time. Atheros, Broadcom, Intel and others will be whipped into shape not by the WiFi alliance but us...the people with $$ in our pockets! I say, "Onward and Un-wired!"

    My $0.02 (CDN)
  2. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    The Wi-Fi Alliance cannot ratify the 802.11n standard - only the IEEE can do that - hence the references IEEE 802.11a/b/g/i/n, etc. Wi-Fi Alliance is basically a non-fit marketing body that promotes wireless networking technology - it is this organization that coins the term *Wi-Fi*. The Wi-Fi Alliance certification programme mentioned in the quoted article refers to interoperability and compatibility between wireless networking products conforming to the same wireless IEEE standard(s), and it is not part of the IEEE standard ratification process.
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