Wireless Lan ? Does About Half Of What It Says On The Tin

If you use Wi-Fi you already know this, the 11Mbps rating for 802.11b and the 54Mbps rating for 802.11a are theoretical maxes. A recent test by Nikkei Network showed that 802.11x technologies only achieved 40% of the speeds advertised on the the box, where wired 100Mbps ethernet achieved 90% of its rated speed. What is surprising is that we haven’t seen much backlash from consumers or enterprises. Which, to us, indicates that for most applications raw speed takes a back seat to utilty.

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