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Dual-band WLAN Redux

There wasn't much talk of the upcoming 802.11n Draft 2. Instead, WLAN product announcements centered on dual-band draft 11n products. Buffalo introduced its Marvell-based AirStation Wireless - N Nfiniti Dual Band Router & AP (WZR-AG300NH) and D-Link its Atheros-based DIR-855. And both companies also introduced dual-band media players to go along with their shiny, new routers.

D-Link DIR-855 Dual Band 802.11n Draft N Router

D-Link DIR-855 Dual Band 802.11n Draft N Router

Linksys looked like it was going to announce its WRT600N dual-band draft 11n router, but didn't. A Linksys spokesperson told me that the product isn't ready yet and will be introduced only when it meets Linksys' ready-to-ship standards. And Apple joined the dual-band bandwagon, announcing a new draft 11n Airport Extreme to go along with its AppleTV.

New Apple Airport Extreme

New Apple Airport Extreme

Even though these dual-band routers will be more expensive than single band, I think the trend to dual-band for draft 11n is a good thing. I have more to say in this article if you'd like to hear why.

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