Cisco’s Linksys is making noise with its release of new 802.11n-compliant WLAN products, specifically the WRT300N router and the WPC300N PC Card. They’re supposed to be faster, more secure, and priced like a Linksys, so we should be happy. But before you envision your wireless Windows networks flying along at unprecedented speeds, take a reality break.Granted, we (meaning me and a Wall St. wireless network administrator who wishes to remain nameless) were working with a WRT300N that was relatively new. Even so, I was disappointed when we pointed an 802.11g-capable HP notebook at the 300N and couldn’t connect at standard 11g speeds. Throughput wasn’t bad, but it was numerically slower than when we disabled the 300N and worked from our usual WRT54G access points.More bad news: Linksys says some funny things about 802.11n performance, and while I know I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, we didn’t even come close to matching some of their claims. Chief among them was the “up to 12 times faster than standard G” claim. Standard G to me means 54Mbps. That would put 802.11n in the 648Mbps range. I scratched my head when I saw that, but later found references in Linksys’ geek… Read full this story
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