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October 16, 2007



Scott - as usual a great article! I agree it is Great to have the Wi-Fi Alliance and they have and continue to try to guide this complex industry. On the question of what makes a standard, I guess I come from a time when they were more "Must Haves" (requirements) than "Nice or OK to Haves or Not Have" (Options). To me anytime a standard has many more options than requirements I begin to question if it a standard. As I look out over the standards industries I see many options and few requirements and I think that it is because the industry is really not that interested in someone telling them what and how to implement their products in a this competitive world and the standards industry have very limited power to enforce their efforts. Standards were created to guide the industry and support world wide interoperability. I feel that these central goals has been forgotten and in my humble opinion, a few requirements with many options does not make a standard. Remember I come from a different and stricter time. I am glad that we have organizations like the WiFi Alliance and without them and organizations like them there would be chaos in the technology world. I would just like to see more requirements make a standard and maybe put the options in a sub-standard like Gerald Combs and I discussed. We all need to support the standards industry and all help create and enforce the requirements. Thanks for your continued support of this Great Technology. Oldcommguy

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