It’s now safe to buy faster ‘N’ Wi-Fi equipment

In May 2006, Dwight Silverman wrote that users should stay away from hardware that used early versions of a new, faster Wi-Fi standard.

At that time, what’s known as the 802.11n Wi-Fi specification was in its earliest form, but the companies that sell home wireless Internet products couldn’t wait for it to be firmed up.

They were already selling routers and adapters based on it, with no guarantee the hardware would be compatible with the final version of the standard. Manufacturers also couldn’t promise their goods would work with those of other makers.

In short, it was a mess. But what a difference a year makes.
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