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Gartner Warns on 802.11g

Research firm Gartner Inc. is warning enterprises that they shouldn't implement 802.11g systems until products based on a finalized version of the wireless LAN spec are available, in late 2003 or early 2004 (see 802.11g Approval Coming June).

In a research note, Gartner vice president Ian Keene warns that all the products based on the 2.4GHz, 54-Mbit/s standard that are available now are proprietary and may not conform to the eventual standard.

"Pre-standard products come with many worries," he writes, Confucius-style. "The risks include interoperability and performance problems in a multivendor environment, particularly with certified 802.11b products installed in PCs in a mixed 802.11b and 802.11g operating environment."

Unstrung warned about potential interoperability problems with 802.11g back in January (see Interop Woes Smite 802.11g for all the gory details). The prospect that new 802.11g products might not work with installed 802.11b equipment should be especially worrying for corporate users.

Let's be careful out there!

— Dan Jones, Senior Editor, Unstrung
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