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Introduction

You're probably as tired of reading year-end I-gotta-write-something-but-I-don't-feel-like-it articles as I am. But why should SmallNetBuilder readers be left out?

Since I'm often accused of being too cranky and not positive enough in my reviews and commentary on the SOHO / SMB networking industry, I thought I'd continue in that direction for my year-end review. So here are 10 things that we didn't see happen in 2007 (in no particular order).

1 - Buffalo back in the U.S. Wireless game

Buffalo Technology's ongoing legal woes with Australia's CSIRO resulted in an injunction that forced Buffalo to halt all shipments of wireless LAN products in the U.S. market around the end of October [article].

Buffalo finally quietly issued a statement toward the end of November that said it "believes that the Court of Appeals will ultimately issue a decision in Buffalo’s favor, finding CSIRO’s patent invalid and not infringed and vacating the injunction". But a lot can happen in the "7-12 months" that Buffalo says that this decision could take. By the time Buffalo can sell wireless products again, will anyone care?

2 - A good reason to upgrade to Vista

Familiar Vista message

It's pretty well accepted that Vista hit the market with a thud, despite all of Microsoft's attempts to convince us all to the contrary. Our look at the "improvements" that Vista brings in networking didn't find any advantages and plenty of disadvantages, or at least, annoyances in making the switch. But it sure brought the Vista fanboys out in force.

3 - The Wi-Fi Alliance own up to its screw-up

When I found a hole in the Wi-Fi Alliance's 802.11n Draft 2.0 certification test suite back in October, it didn't seem to be a significant issue to any other publication. But the hole allowed at least one product—Linksys' dual-band WRT600N router—to be shipped with its 2.4 GHz band radio defaulting to the legacy-unfriendly 40 MHz bandwidth mode.

Despite multiple requests for comment, the Wi-Fi Alliance has yet to respond. I suppose I wouldn't either, if someone found an obvious problem that should have been caught long ago.

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