Updated October 24, 2005 More resources
Bridging the gap between 802.11g and the not-yet-approved 802.11n specifications, these so-called pre-N or Super G routers employ MIMO, a wireless scheme that makes lemonade out of the lemons that are multiple data streams. To the user, this means greater throughput and faster data transfer rates over their wireless network. But before you rush out to buy these routers, be warned: Because no standard exists yet for implementing MIMO, each vendor is using a proprietary scheme, which means products from different vendors might not play nicely together. If you must have the latest wireless gear now, make sure you choose components from the same vendor. And don't be surprised if these routers won't work with components that are based on the final 802.11n spec.