However, there are so many types of devices vying for bandwidth in the 2.4GHz band that there's no guarantee Cisco's proposal would make life much better there, he said.
With a long standards process ahead, it's unlikely users would see any benefit from such a plan for at least three years, Mathias said. Wi-Fi is still usable in both of its bands, but taking some action might be a good idea, he said. "This is not a critical problem. It's a looming problem."
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