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Airport Extreme, the future of wireless is here

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The near future? One only: IEEE 802.11g.

This is Apple's opinion on what could be the future of wireless networks based on the WiFi standard. An opinion expressed in the release of the new Base Station but also supported by what is happening in the world of technology that has started its search for new standards, faster and more reliable and among these IEEE 802.11g seems to be in pole position, despite from some time has already been put on the market IEEE 802.11a.

The system, on which Intel counts and to which other realities like Proxim wink, also has an advantage over IEEE 802.11g: a greater range, clouded by a huge disadvantage: the incompatibility with current WiFi. The obstacle is certainly not a small one and Apple strongly underlines it, taking another path.

“We have no intention of releasing IEEE 802.11a-based products – said Greg Joswiak, world hardware manager – such a choice does not make sense. This standard forces users to completely abandon their old access points and cards and to isolate themselves pending, if ever it happens, that the hardware of the old hot spots will change. With the use of IEEE 802.11g all these operations can take place gradually and transparently and without the worry of scrapping millions of IEEE 802.11b access points that can remain in circulation to exhaust their operational life "

Among those who, it seems, are of Apple's opinion there is Microsoft which has not certified any IEEE 802.11a product, preferring, for now, to support "combo" products that support both version "a" and version "b" of the standard . This type of hardware seems to be the only entry port of IEEE 802.11a into the world of wireless at the moment, but access points of this type cost much more than those in the only "g" version that offer the same advantages: compatibility with the old standard and same data transmission speed.

Analysts suspect that Apple's launch of Airport Extreme is the opening of a door through which many will pass in a short time leaving the IEEE 802.11 standard at the stake. A suspicion that seems to be confirmed by two concomitant factors: numerous Taiwanese producers (which when making their debut on the market always mark the de facto "certification" of a product's success) are preparing to launch IEEE 802.11g products and the difficulty that IEEE 802.11a is finding to exceed the threshold of 100,000 pieces sold.

"The market has already provided a response – Forward Concept analyst Will Strass told C / Net – less than 100,000 pieces of IEEE 802.11a chips went on sale in 2002 against millions of the other standard. It seems to me that it can already be said that the market does not need IEEE 802.11a "