Linksys has released their first product that adhere to the soon to be finalized 802.11n wireless standard. The Wireless-N Broadband Router (WRT300N) and Wireless-N Notebook Adapter (WPC300N) are available immediately through Best Buyat estimated street prices of $149.99 and $119.99 respectively. The units have up to four times the range and up to 12 times the throughput of Wireless-G. Expected to become the next standard for wireless networks, the 802.11n draft specification includes a number of mandatory features that help improve the overall user experience.
Significant speed and range improvements compared to 802.11g are realized primarily through the use of MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) technology. The Linksys Wireless-N products utilize multiple radios to simultaneously transmit two streams of data over multiple channels, effectively creating a 40MHz channel that doubles the capacity for applications such as high definition video, audio streaming, online gaming and Voice over IP. 802.11n networks must also maintain optimum speeds when operating with legacy products (802.11b,802.11g).