Hole discovered in Wi-Fi 802.11n Draft 2.0 certification test

  • SmallNetBuilder has discovered a hole in the Wi-Fi Alliance's 802.11n Draft 2.0 test suite that can allow Wi-Fi Certified products to interfere with existing wireless networks, in direct violation of a mandatory Certification requirement.

    A long-running battle in the standard has been whether to allow the use of "wide-channel" operation in the 2.4 GHz band that is used by the majority of Wi-Fi products. The mode, also referred to as "channel bonded" or "40 MHz bandwidth" mode, uses up two of the available three non-overlapping channels in the band, making it impossible to avoid interfering with other wireless networks operating in the center of the band.

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