25th September 2007

Even more problems with finalizing 802.11n wireless standard

posted by Eric C. in Networking |

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.), the standards organization behind all the 802.11 WiFi standards, is having yet more problems getting the 802.11n out of draft status. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia says they hold patents that are essential in 802.11g and 802.11n standards. CSIRO is suing and is being sued by many of the big players in networking such as Netgear, Buffalo, Microsoft, Intel, Dell, and HP, along with others. CSIRO won a case against Buffalo, where Buffalo tried to have CSIRO’s patents declared invalid. Which may not bode well for those on the other side of CSIRO’s suites. One of the main problems seems to be CSIRO’s royalty rate for 802.11g and 802.11n is much higher than industry average.

For a more indepth look at the situation check out Ars Technica’s article here

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  1. 1 On January 6th, 2008, Eric Chevallier said:

    currently buffalo is not allowed to sell routers in the US, if you go to this page http://www.buffalotech.com/products/wireless/ after having selected United States as your region you get the following:

    Regrettably, the Court of Appeals has decided not to stay the injunction in the CSIRO v. Buffalo et al litigation during the appeal period. Although Buffalo is confident that the final decision in the appeal will be favorable and that the injunction will be lifted, Buffalo is presently unable to supply wireless LAN equipment compliant with IEEE 802.11a and 802.11g standards in the United States until that decision is issued. Click here for additional information.

    here is the press release they linked to for information.

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