Wireless draft N vs N?

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  1. sportsfanMAW macrumors regular

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    So of course in the C2D macbooks there is the wireless N chip and once it's activated it will let use the draft N.

    My question is when 802.11 N is ratified and there is a set standard will a software update allow the chip to run the full N or will we always be stuck on draft n?
     
  2. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    There will probably be an update that allows you to run the final N specifications.
     
  3. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    It really depends on how much the standard changes between now and its finalisation.
     
  4. MacDonaldsd macrumors 65816

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    It should just be a firmware update, I expect it will only be to solve compatibility issues.
     
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  6. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    A year ago I would have said, 'Who knows' because so many different manufactures had many different takes on the same draft. By now, the draft is probably pretty close to what the final will be and gaps are closing between each manufacturer. If I had to make up a percentage, I'd say that there is a 95% chance a firmware update will take the card to the final N version.
     
  7. scott523 macrumors 6502a

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    This is why Apple is making the N plunge now, meaning they're betting that nothing is going to change significantly.
     
  8. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Exactly. If memory serves me correctly, Apple released 802.11g before it's draft was finalized, but long after the first draft was ratified.
     

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