Controversial reports are designed to generate lots of media attention. A report from Paul DeBeasi at the Burton Group is no exception. There’s been continued buzz surrounding a report entitled “802.11n: The End of Ethernet?” With all the blogs I’ve been writing about 802.11n, I wish I had thought of it.
In my case, I would have used the attention grabbing title to state why it would not be the case. I figured with all the publicity surrounding the report, why not provide some counterpoints?
The report claims that 802.11n marks the beginning a rapid shift away from LAN deployments. It does not state when this beginning is or was. 802.11n is still in draft stage. If anything, the recent Cisco 802.11n product announcement just this month marks the beginning, but the report was released back in June. So where’s the mark?
DeBeasi is quoted as saying “802.11n will put pervasive mobility on the fast track.” Wait a second. I thought WiFi period but pervasive mobility on the fast track. Remember when laptops required PCMCIA cards to connect to Ethernet and now every laptop has Ethernet built-in? The same thing has already happened to with wireless. Virtually every laptop built in the past year or so has built-in 802.11 b/g. Thus, they are already enjoying pervasive mobility today.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m bullish on 802.11n. So what is it about 802.11n that spells doom for Ethernet, according to the report?
Tomorrow, I’ll provide you with some additional insight and counterpoints.