Belkin today announced its N1 Vision wireless router that features a unique design approach.
The product features an interactive display that can be used to view a variety of router status information. Views include Download/Upload "Speedometer", network bandwidth usage and even the speed of individual connected clients.
My previous post describing the D-Link DIR-655 / DWA-652's failure to switch from 40 MHz to 20 MHz channel mode when encountering a legacy WLAN, might be counter to what D-Link says is the expected behavior. But I have found that it is neither a violation of IEEE Draft 2.0 nor the Alliance's Draft 2.0 11n Certification.
Since that post, I've exchanged emails with D-Link and spoken with both Atheros and the Wi-Fi Alliance to try to find out how the D-Link products could not be performing as D-Link had described, yet receive Wi-Fi Draft 2.0 11n Certification.
With the Wi-Fi Draft 11n certification process underway, I've decided its time to resume reviews of these products. This doesn't mean that I now consider the products to be "done"; far from it. But with the legitimacy of the Wi-Fi mark now being slapped on boxes, I figure someone has to see if these products are really living up to their claims.
D-Link and Netgear today announced the first products to receive draft 2.0 802.11n certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance.
D-Link's DIR-655 Xtreme N Router and DWA-652 Notebook Adapter and Netgear's RangeMax NEXT Wireless-N Router Gigabit Edition (WNR854T) and RangeMax NEXT Wireless-N Router (WNR834B) passed the Alliance's Certification test suite.
Products from other companies, including Linksys and Intel also have received the Wi-Fi Draft 2.0 certification. The official list can be found here.
According to the D-Link release, certification "guarantees interoperability among 11n products, adherence to security protocol and backward compatibility with previous generations of Wi-Fi gear, including popular 802.11g products".
The products will all be able to display the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n draft 2.0 logo.
I share Glenn Fleishman's disappointment with this week's announcement by the Wi-Fi Alliance that they have only begun their certification testing. But judging from what I've seen so far, getting draft 11n gear up to spec is going to be a long, difficult process.
I spent a few days last week testing a D-Link DIR-655 router and DWA-652 Cardbus card, which are based on Atheros XSPAN silicon. These are the first products to have firmware and drivers posted that allegedly implement 11n Draft 2.0 compliance. My primary focus was to see whether the legacy protection mechanisms added in 802.11n Draft 2.0 were working in actual product.
Come to find out that the news item we posted the other day about Netgear releasing 802.11n Draft 2.0 firmware was a bit premature.
The firmware for the WNR854T router, which is based on Marvell silicon, is the only draft 2.0 upgrade posted. The upgrade for the matching WN511T Cardbus card is still in verification. According to Netgear, it won't be released for "a couple of weeks".
AirMagnet today announced AirMagnet Handheld Analyzer 7.0. This latest release introduces support for 802.11g, including support of Summit Data Communications SDC-CF20G 802.11g Compact Flash Module.
Version 7.0 also delivers a pre-802.11n alarm and also analyzes 802.11d.
AirMagnet Handheld Analyzer 7.0 has a U.S. manufacturers suggested retail price of $2,995 per license. Existing customers who have an active software support subscription are entitled to a no charge upgrade. AirMagnet also is offering the Summit card for a U.S. manufacturers suggested retail price of $150.
Netgear has quietly released new firmware for its WNR854T RangeMax Next Wireless Router - Gigabit Edition wireless router. The Version 1.4.19 firmware adds 802.11n Draft 2.0 compatibility as well as fixing MTU and Broadcom client connection issues.
The firmware is available as a free download now.
D-Link two weeks ago released Draft 2.0 upgrades for its Draft 802.11n Xtreme N product line
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