802.11n vendors prepared to drop prices

By Justin Mann on January 22, 2008, 5:35 PM
With 802.11n creeping into many homes around the world, particularly inside laptops, vendors are now past the point of early adoption and are now looking towards a price war. It seems many vendors are ready to race for cheap 802.11n products, both in the manufacturing and in the retail sides.

Obviously, big vendors like Atheros and Broadcom will be at each others throats, with the biggest three 802.11n vendors preparing single-chip solutions that will bring manufacturing costs down significantly. This will in the long run bring down the cost of consumer 802.11n products, from routers to laptop adapters. All of this previously depended on people accepting 802.11n, but as many laptops are now readily available with N without adding significant or even noticeable cost, it won't be long before it is very prevalent.

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kitty500cat said:
Will current 802.11n hardware be compatible with the final 802.11n standard, requiring only a firmware upgrade? Or will users have to buy new hardware?
Julio said:
Most manufacturers are currently guaranteeing final standard compatibility, but if I were you I would still check on device specifics before buying.
kitty500cat said:
Cool, thanks Julio.
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