Wireless Alphabet Soup

By on October 22, 2004

I’ve been having some trouble with my router at home, so I’ve been considering the purchase of a new one. I have 802.11b wireless, and I know that 802.11g and 802.11a are out there, and faster, but I hadn’t paid much attention to them. Fortunately, Linksys has a helpful guide that neatly lays out the differences in the standards. (I guess I’m probably behind the curve on this one.)

So if 802.11g and 802.11a are the same speed, but only 802.11g is compatible with existing 802.11b hardware, why would anyone use 802.11a, besides avoiding interference with some cordless phones? Add to it the fact that it has a shorter range and costs more, and 802.11a sounds like something that won’t be around long. I eagerly await someone to expose my stupidity.