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The IEEE 802.11n standard for high-speed wireless broadband access in Wi-Fi hotspots is expected to finally be approved in September after nearly seven years of work.

Unlike the current 802.11g standard which is capable of sharing data over a Wi-Fi network at 54Mb or 100Mb using multiple antennas, 802.11n is theoretically capable of achieving a throuput of up to 600Mb.

Now, with members of the IEEE's Task Group n (TGn) reportedly close to consensus on what should be included in the 802.11n wireless networking standards, manufacturers could begin a more large-scale rollout of equipment for faster Wi-Fi broadband access.

According to technology magazine PC World, final approval will be given by the IEEE Standards Board Review Committee, which examines all of the organisation's standards and is next scheduled to meet on September 11th.

Despite the work being done by the TGn, the Wi-Fi Alliance has been certifying 802.11n products based on draft specifications since 2006 because of the length of time it has taken the IEEE to reach a decision.

PC World estimates that more than 600 "Draft 11n" products have been approved over the past three years.

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