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802.11ad Will Knock Your Socks Off, Says Interop Panel 174

Posted by timothy
from the but-magnum-will-blow-them-all-away dept.
alphadogg writes "While the Wi-Fi world is rightly abuzz over the rapidly approaching large-scale deployment of the new 802.11ac standard, experts at an Interop NY panel said this week that the 802.11ad standard is likely to be even more transformative. '802.11ac is an extension for pure mainstream Wi-Fi,' said Sean Coffey, Realtek's director of standards and business development. 'It's evolutionary. ... You're not going to see dramatically new use cases." By contrast, 802.11ad adds 60GHz connectivity to the previously used 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, potentially providing multi-gigabit connection speeds and dramatically broadening the number of applications for which wireless can be used."
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802.11ad Will Knock Your Socks Off, Says Interop Panel

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  • Re:So what? (Score:5, Informative)

    by queazocotal (915608) on Friday October 05, 2012 @08:16PM (#41564791)

    60GHz will be essentially unaffected by microwaves.
    However, I note that my laptop (with 802.11g) works just fine on top of my operating microwave.

  • Re:So what? (Score:5, Informative)

    by sexconker (1179573) on Friday October 05, 2012 @08:26PM (#41564875)

    60GHz will be essentially unaffected by microwaves.

    However, I note that my laptop (with 802.11g) works just fine on top of my operating microwave

    I hope for your sake that isn't all sitting on your lap while operating. You might end up like this guy [mtvnimages.com] if you keep doing that for too long.

    Link contains image of a South Park character with elephantitis of the testicles, wheeling his scrotum around in a wheelbarrow.
    Obviously NSFW.

  • Re:Lord. (Score:5, Informative)

    by evilviper (135110) on Friday October 05, 2012 @08:32PM (#41564921) Journal

    If the speeds of G are good enough for you, don't bother upgrading. N gets high-speed from a lot of tricks that aren't very nice, like double-sized channels, multiple radios (which cheap receivers skimp on), etc. This was supposed to be okay because people were supposed to only enable double-wide channels on the 5Ghz band, but some devices only support the lower frequencies to begin with, and they certainly don't stop you from stomping on those 2.4ghz channels, trying to get extra speed you probably won't see, anyhow...

    Even many devices sold today are G-only, from my cell phone, to my wireless PTZ surveilance cameras, etc, etc.

  • Re:That and (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 05, 2012 @09:44PM (#41565391)

    compare it to visible light, which is 100s of THz, and is stopped by any solid substance.

    In general good points, but my glasses beg to differ on this last one.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 05, 2012 @09:59PM (#41565499)

    I agree. We should stop innovating since certain technology hasn't be adapted fast enough for wisnoskij.
     
    Fuck, you Slashfags bitch up a storm.

  • by Casandro (751346) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @01:31AM (#41566261)

    Depending on your situation, the signal range of WLAN can often be far to great. If you get WLAN to work only within a single room, you can have a new "cell" in every room. Which means you can have way more cells and serve more people at a higher bandwidth.

    When you actually need more range, you can always use directional antennas. Of course 60 GHz is attenuated quite a bit by air, so it's certainly unsuitable for outside microwave links.

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