The Time is Now to Go to 802.11n Wi-Fi

Are you using 802.11n wireless technology to power your home Wi-Fi network? If not, you really should. Recently, I upgraded my home Wi-Fi network and the devices I have attached to it. I bought a Linksys WRT105N router for under $100, and a few inexpensive adapters for connected devices. The performance is outstanding, and the price is right.

The issue with 802.11n Wi-Fi, of course, is that it’s not ratified technology yet, although ratification is expected this year. The router I’m using is Draft-n Wi-Fi, and the first generation of Draft-n routers had problems. At this point, though, the performance boost you get from the Draft-n technology makes it irrelevant whether 802.11n ratification comes this year or not.

Many readers here use Macs, and if you do and have a home Wi-Fi network you’re probably already using Draft-N technology, because you probably have Apple’s AirPort Extreme router, which has Draft-N. However, many PC-based users, especially those used to years of Linksys and D-Link wireless routers, have not gone to 802.11n just because of the ratification issue. Also, many PC users have bought computers and laptops that don’t come with 802.11n technology built in.

Now that the prices have fallen dramatically on the Draft-N routers, access points and adapters, though, it’s a no-brainer to make this upgrade. In addition, many people are confident that there will be firmware updates with the eventual ratified 802.11n hardware that will keep your Draft-N products compatible.

For many web workers, Wi-Fi at home is an essential part of staying efficient and productive. With 802.11n technology, and the built-in MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) antennas, you not only get better performance but I’ve found that I get much better wireless range around the house. I can’t think of a more worthwhile upgrade if you haven’t gone for it yet.

Have you been considering upgrading to 802.11n?


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