Cautious about 802.11n

It’s no secret that enterprises are wild about mobility — just check soaring sales of smartphones and laptops.

But wireless in the enterprise hasn’t yet reached the dream of flowing business-critical applications across an all (or mostly) wireless internal network.

Ironically, that dream is near and yet so far away. The enabling technology, the IEEE Wi-Fi 802.11n standard, which promises better wireless predictability, reliability as well as speeds of at least 600Mpbs, has been in Draft 2.0 mode for some time.

Organizations who want it right now can buy access points based on the draft from veteran Cisco Systems to upstart Meru Networks.

Yet most North American organizations are shying away from “n,” and not merely because the standard hasn’t been finalized. That won’t be done by the IEEE until next year, by all

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