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Wireless Networking Gets a Speedbump

May 14, 2010

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Don't look now, but wireless networking is about to get a whole lot faster. A new 60GHz spectrum spec from the Wireless Gigabit Alliance consortium is being integrated with current standards, with groups working together to push the new standard forward. Enterprise Networking Planet reports.

Wireless networking is about to get a whole lot faster thanks to a new 60GHz spectrum specification from the Wireless Gigabit Alliance, an industry consortium working with existing standards groups to push the spec forward.

Currently, Wi-Fi operates in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrums with dual-band 802.11n wireless gear. Now, however, the new WiGig 60GHz specification is aimed at enabling new, tri-band devices that will be able to leverage 2.4GHz, 5GHz and 60GHz and will scale up to transfer speeds of 7 gigabits per second. Leading the effort is the Wireless Gigabit (WiGig) Alliance in connection with the Wi-Fi Alliance, the key industry body overseeing Wi-Fi standards.

"It is a new area of spectrum that is interesting and will allow Wi-Fi use in yet another band," Wi-Fi Alliance CEO Edgar Figueroa told InternetNews.com. "Another compelling reason that makes this interesting is that 60GHz technology allows for a significant boost in performance. We're talking about speeds measured in gigabits per seconds of transfer."

Read the rest of "Wi-Fi Networking Headed for 60GHz, Gigabit Speeds" at Enterprise Networking Planet.

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