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Old-school Wi-Fi is slowing down networks, Cisco says

Stephen Lawson | Jan. 28, 2014
The early Wi-Fi standards that opened the world's eyes to wire-free networking are now holding back the newer, faster protocols that followed in their wake, Cisco Systems said.

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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