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  • amdfanboy - Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - link

    All I have to say is standards. If you don't find ones that suit you, make your own. Brian should come visit the quiet and cozy network forum. Reply
  • KristopherKubicki - Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - link

    Agere has been working on this for a *long* time - i remember talking to them at COMDEX and they were still working on the chip then. Agere is a lot of ex-AMD folks- i dunno - i say good luck to them.

  • jhevenor - Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - link

    This notion of priority that is mentioned is bogus for two reasons.

    First, do these high priority stations pay more for their shorter wait times? And once their data is in the rest of the internet does it get any special treatment? No.

    Second, if they do get a priority system in place for these applcations then what is to stop all applications from making their data high priority. A wifi router is not going to pattern match each packet to ensure it's of a specific application type. Not without significant delay.

    So in short, I don't buy it.
  • MadAd - Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - link

    Actually, while im thinking about it, theres one thing that I rarely see mentioned in all these wi-fi reviews - latency. Does noone game on wi-fi? Reply
  • MadAd - Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - link

    Kris in 'denys all' shocker :) Reply
  • KristopherKubicki - Tuesday, March 16, 2004 - link

    These networking articles are actually written by a new contributing writer- Brian Ng. He is set to start doing networking reviews for AT. Its just getting published under my byline until he gets his feet wet.

  • TrogdorJW - Tuesday, March 16, 2004 - link

    Wow! Look at all the comments! :)

    It's not that we don't care, Kristopher... it's just that WiFi is not as "great" as so many people seem to think for the enthusiasts. At least, that's my take.

    I look at the throughput graphs for 802.11A and G and compare that to the speeds I get with 100 Mbit Ethernet, and I can't see any reason to think about wireless right now. I transfer large files between my home PCs regularly, and I max out at around 9.5 MB/s, which is still three or four times as fast as the best WiFi connections. Couple that with the fact that I don't have to worry about conflicting networks in the neighborhood and near-complete security behind a firewall, and I really am not that excited for WiFi.

    Needless to say, if the past is any indication, Agere's claims of "150 Mbps" speeds and "twice the range of competitors" will end up equaling 30 Mbps realistic transfer rates (5 Mbps higher than the current crop) at ranges slightly less than the competition. And they'll probably forget to enable WPA or whatever. :p

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