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What Is Wireless N?


Question: What Is Wireless N?
Answer: Wireless N is a name for hardware gadgets that support 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking. Common types of Wireless N hardware include network routers and adapters.

Why Call It Wireless N?

The term "Wireless N" came into usage starting in 2006 as network equipment manufacturers began developing gear incorporating 802.11n technology. Until the 802.11n industry standard was finalized (in 2009), manufacturers could not rightly call their products as 802.11n-compliant. The alternative terms Wireless N and "Draft N" were both invented in an attempt to avoid product confusion. Now that the standard is complete, Draft N no longer applies, but Wireless N remains in use by some companies.

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