The vote to move the 802.11n standard forward was unanimous at the IEEE, meaning the draft 2.0 version of the faster Wi-Fi standard should start to roll forward smoothly. "The vote today indicates that there’s a very strong direction for 802.11n, and I expect within a matter of weeks that we’ll see waves of firmware upgrades for existing products, real availability of Draft 2.0 chipsets, and a timetable for the Wi-Fi Alliance to certify Draft 2.0-compliant devices," says wireless expert Glenn Fleishman. So if you bought a 802.11n router that's based on Draft 1.0 of the standard, the device should see a smooth firmware upgrade.
Well I'll just look for routers with draft 2.0 chipsets, then I'll be fine. I'm not waiting a year for ratification.......because I don't want to invest in soon to be outdated inadequate a/b/g gear for my needs. So'll I'll buy 802.11n gear that uses draft 2.0 chipset.
The routers would have to have gigabit ports because with the new DOCSIS 3.0 and FiOS, they will be well over 160Mbps, they will have to have gigabit ports. Even if the raw speed is 600Mbps, it'll only be maxed at around 300Mbps. Hopefully as our ISPs get faster, so will the wireless standard. They will have to upgrade the speeds like they did with 802.11g. Only time will tell, but even the new USB standard will be faster than this, and it'll be operating at 1Gbps! IEEE just takes too long.
Whats all the fuss over a 802.11N standard? What are the differences between the draft and final N?
Many interoperability issues have been resolved in v1.10 aka draft 2.0 of the specifications versus the buggy draft 1.0 specs. Draft 2.0 was unaminously approved in this month and will goto letter ballot in march and will be ratified and becom the final standard next year.