I just read that the IEEE has a tentative specification. Meaning it's not finalized, and probably won't be for a while. I don't doubt we'll see Airport use it, but MWNY is a little too soon. Maybe MWNY03.
802.11g gets approval
November 19 - 07:58 ET: The Institute of Electrial and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has tentatively approved the 802.11g wireless networking protocol. Similar to 802.11b (AirPort), 802.11g operates at the same 2.4GHz frequencyallowing for backwards compatibility with 802.11b productswhile boosting transfer speeds from 11Mbps to 54Mbps. 802.11g products are expected to arrive within about a year.
Last I heard, the 802.11g stuff was severely limited in its ability to transmit over 802.11b-comparable distances or through walls.
Has anybody seen a company claim to overcome these limitations?
My guess is that the shipped products will operate at 54Mbit only in very ideal conditions. (Like your machine is in the same room with the base station.) Through walls and over distance, expect it to behave a little more like 802.11b.
Provided the price is right, and they can prevent network connections from dropping completely within reasonable distances, I'll buy it.