802.11 Task Group N goes back to letter ballot

I am sitting in the 802.11 working group meeting in London right now, and we have just voted overwhelmingly to send the draft out for another letter ballot vote. The vote was important enough that the chair required a rising vote, though a look around the room made it obvious that it passed; final count was 100-0 with five abstentions. This is a big milestone for the process because the nine-month slog to resolve the 12,000 initial comments is complete. It’ll be interesting to see how many comments the new draft gets.

10 Responses to “802.11 Task Group N goes back to letter ballot”

  1. [...] Big news from the IEEE: Draft 2.0 of 802.11n moves forward: The vote was 100-0 with 5 abstentions, Matthew Gast notes from the London meeting. This is a significant milestone from a lot of different directions. It’s one thing to achieve a 75-percent supermajority necessary to advance a draft into its final stages, which is just the tweaking and fixing that brings it to ratification with no significant alterations. It’s another to get the bag of cats that are the stakeholders in the task group to vote unanimously. [...]

  2. [...] Matthew Gast has a blog posting direct from the IEEE 802.11n meeting in London where the 2.0 draft of the 802.11n standard has apparently achieved some success at the ballot box. I am sitting in the 802.11 working group meeting in London right now, and we have just voted overwhelmingly to send the draft out for another letter ballot vote. The vote was important enough that the chair required a rising vote, though a look around the room made it obvious that it passed; final count was 100-0 with five abstentions. This is a big milestone for the process because the nine-month slog to resolve the 12,000 initial comments is complete. It’ll be interesting to see how many comments the new draft gets. [...]

  3. [...] The new specification is nearly complete. In fact, the latest draft was approved by the IEEE task force today. There are likely to be small changes going forward, but certainly nothing that cannot be corrected in software. This means that systems shipping in February will be 99.99% compliant. The mere act of shipping these products assures that no vendor will throw sand into the gear of the standards body (and oh do they turn slowly) and risk stranding a large installed user base. [...]

  4. [...] Looks like the nitpickers at the IEEE have finally moved one more tiny baby step towards finally getting close to some kind of a semblance of a standard for 802.11n.  Who wants 300Mbps wireless?  I do I do!   Check out this blog for the initial post from the vote meeting.   This is ALMOST as exciting as a blog posting from the recently finished CES. [...]

  5. [...] I’ve been pining over the new Apple Airport Extreme base station, which is based on the next-gen high speed Wi-Fi “n” standard, even though it’s still in the draft stage. The new standard is supposed to offer speeds around 100 Mbps to 300 Mbps (theoretically 600 Mbps) — how could you not look forward to speeds like that? Meanwhile today there are reports that indicate that the latest draft of the 802.11n standard (draft 2.0) has been approved by IEEE working group in charge [via WiFiNetNews]. Yay, the standards train is starting to move. [...]

  6. [...] 802.11 Task Group N goes back to letter ballot [MatthewGast via WifiNetNews via DSLReports] [...]

  7. [...] Apesar antiga, boas notícias para fãs e usuários de rede sem fio. Dois meses atrás, em Londres, ocorreu uma nova conferência em que o modelo do protocolo 802.11n fora colocado em votação pela IEEE. Felizmente a batalha acabou. Semana passada a votação atingiu 83,4%, ultrapassando a porcentagem mínima (75%) de aprovação. [...]

  8. benjy dobrin says:

    just curious…are you the same matthew gast that i went to junior high school with in edina, mn???

    if indeed this is the case, i just wanted to say hello. it has indeed been a long long time. it seems as though you are still ridiculously intelligent and doing fabulous.

    good stuff.
    cheers.
    benjy dobrin

  9. matthew says:

    Benjy,

    Yes, that’s me. I left Edina after my sophomore year. It’s interesting that you wrote now; my parents surprised me recently by announcing they were moving to Edina in their retirement, and I’m helping them move in at the end of the month.

  10. Idetrorce says:

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
    Idetrorce

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