Wireless-N Devices

I’m gonna say this first – don’t buy them.

It just pisses me off to walk into a Future Shop and see them sell these things under false marketing. Why false marketing? Because the “n” standard isn’t finalized yet, and manufacturers have been making products that might not work with the final standard.

The 802.11g standard has been here for a number of years, and we know that it works. People have been using it left right and centre… cities have based their entire wireless off it. Google had implemented it in San Fransisco. The 802.11n standard is not final. What does that mean? It means that when you buy your D-Link 802.11n router, and Linksys 802.11n wireless card, they might not work at their full rated speeds. With g products, this usually isn’t the case (you might find some incompatibilities, but usually from smaller name brands).

Anyways – it’s not a finished product. Don’t expect them to work as advertised, and don’t expect them to work with true Wireless-N products. $200 for an unfinished router is a waste of money.


  1. Yeah, I had a discussion with a co-worker a few days ago about Wired VS Wireless. We both agreed that for home personal use, there wasn’t anything you really needed a wireless setup for. I consider wired more secure than wireless anyway. The whole ‘access points’ just doesn’t fly very well with me. Maybe I’m paranoid, but I haven’t had malware or any hacker troubles in a couple of years now. That’s not solely because I’m on a wired setup, but it helps, nonetheless.

  2. nick

    2006-10-15 at 18:33

    I’d disagree with the statement about not needing wireless setup. I’m living in my mother’s basement suite right now, and she renovated it before I moved in. The only way for the two of us to share her internet connection is by using wireless, since there’s no chance in hell that I’d be able to drill holes to route ethernet cables.

    A simple wireless card installation and my existing router makes it all simple.

    Oh… and wireless means I can easily sit on the couch and surf the web. 😉

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