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Gartner Warns Against Buying Uncertified Wi-Fi Devices

Research firm Gartner Inc. is warning companies to delay investing in 802.11g wireless LAN technology until products can be properly certified by the nonprofit Wi-Fi Alliance. Jumping on the 802.11g bandwagon may result in interoperability problems with other 802.11g devices as well as older 802.11b WLAN technology, Gartner said. Like Wi-Fi devices that use the popular 802.11b standard, 802.11g wireless devices operate in the 2.4-GHz band. However, 802.11g devices support much faster data transfer rates than those using the 802.11b standard — 54M bit/sec. as opposed to 11M bit/sec. — making them better suited for enterprise network environments. Last month, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced that it would begin certifying 802.11g products after Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) in Waltham, Mass., approves the final standard for 802.11g later this year (see story). The Wi-Fi Alliance said it’s in the process of developing an 802.11g interoperability test program based on the most recent draft of the standard. Full Story

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