7Gbps wireless on the way, WiGig (802.11ad) adopted by IEEE


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A new wireless standard promising blazing speeds over short distances was recently adopted by the IEEE. Known as 802.11ad. The ratified standard will deliver 7Gbps speeds over 60GHz frequencies and should appear in consumer electronics as soon as next year....

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Sounds nice as long as it's stable. Won't help me much as it currently stands but as houses and apartments become more open-plan, this will deffo take off.


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In the meantime, the market isn't ready to dump the old 1Gbit Ethernet networks, which will be a bottleneck for shared networks throughput.

And 10Gbit networking is still darn expensive.


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Lol, and I'm still using a 150mbps wifi draft-N router.
my slow speed internet is all I can afford and is at par with my occasional surfing/downloading and online gaming habits (sc:bw, sc2:wol, d2:lod, and d3)


@VitalyT just remember wireless is still a "hub" environment, where all devices are sharing that bandwidth... while wired we're in a switching environment where a 4 port gigabit switch is capable of 4x1gbps total through all ports, and a 4 wireless user on a gigabit wireless is capable of 250mbps per user.

not to mention CSMA/CA & CSMA/CD

wired shouldn't be compared to wireless, yes it's an extreme leap for wireless


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Wonder why they didnt push it slightly to 8Gbps ~ or rather known 1GB/s. I know this is just theoretical spec and nowhere near real-life speed, but still.


What a pleasant personality 802.11ad must have, that it hands out compliments. I think you meant "complement".
I can't imagine this band being a panacea for most users. When a single raindrop becomes an appreciable part of a wavelength, and line of site can be blocked by a sheet of paper, the actual usefulness will be pretty limited.

The huge bandwidth is a moot point when the user can't actually move the signal reliably.

For controlled point-to-point, I can see some advantages, especially if we can generate useful power levels, but the beamwidth of the 'long' high-gain antennas will make aiming critical, and outside shots will still be attenuated by heat shimmer, plants, and weather.

Then again, I could be wrong.