Wireless N – Linksys Doesn't Want To Play Well With Others

The move to wireless N, which will be the next jump in wireless technology, is being spearheaded now that Intel has introduced their new Centrino chip with N support. And Intel has secured some of the big players in wireless N except Linksys which is owned by Cisco.

What is strange about all of this is that a standard has not been ratified, though it is in draft form. And I have noticed on some websites, I’ll use D-Link as a example, in that they are advertising products as draft N ready:

“The D-Link Xtreme N� Gigabit Router (DIR-655) is a draft 802.11n compliant device that delivers up to 14x faster speeds* and 6x farther range* than 802.11g while staying backward compatible with 802.11g and 802.11b devices.” Full ad here.

So while everyone else is jumping the gun on wirless N, using the draft standards which they are gambling will be adapted as presented, and which most likely will fall into place, it does make one wonder why Cisco/Linksys doesn’t wnt to come out and play yet.

My take – as with any new technology it is best to wait until the bugs are unbugged. 🙂

[tags]intel, wireless n, cisco, linksys, [/tags]