No Draft-N Specification
But I recently spoke with Frank Hanzlik, who heads the Wi-Fi Alliance, and he reaffirmed the Alliance's official position -- they'll wait for the final 802.11n standard before producing their certification tests for interoperability. While I personally applaud this stance, since I still don't think there's any such thing as being compliant with a draft, it might actually have made sense for the Alliance to certify interoperability. After all, they don't really need a standard to base their specs on, and the companies that are selling Draft-N products are key members of the Alliance. Still, bravo, Wi-Fi Alliance -- let's let the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) set the pace, and build on what that recognized standards body produces.
— Craig Mathias is Principal Analyst at the Farpoint Group , an advisory firm specializing in wireless communications and mobile computing. Special to Unstrung