This week Cisco announced – in an oddly timed unveiling – its 802.11n-based infrastructure offerings. The heart of the announcement, the Cisco Aironet® 1250 Series access points, based on draft 2.0 of the 802.11n standard, mark the vendor’s maiden voyage into the next iteration of WLAN infrastructure. Colubris Networks, Meru Networks, and Trapeze Networks have all announced product based on draft 2.0 prior to Cisco, however, the networking giant’s move into .11n is likely to push IT budget owners’ and decision makers’ interest in technology based on the standard into higher gear.

Ben Gibson of Cisco makes some salient points on the Cisco Mobile Visions blog about the move to .11n, calling out the "not-an-ap-only-decision" facts that have received too few mentions to date. I’ll be exploring some of the questions and answers around moving to 802.11n in an upcoming Q/A document to be published later this month.