Next Meeting: What’s so great about 802.11n

Date: January 13th, 2011
Time: 7pm
Place: EE1 Building (Electrical Engineering)
Room 403
University of Washington Campus
Subject: What’s so great about 802.11n?
Presenter: Scott McDermott

802.11n is the latest and greatest wireless standard. It’s bigger, better, and faster than the previous standards. Everyone always says you should move to the latest and greatest standard, but not necessarily with an understanding of why (beyond it’s newer or faster). In this talk I will tell you why 802.11n might not be faster, why it is more than just a speed increase, and why you should be planning on using 5GHz for future deployments. By request, I’ll also try to squeeze in a few slides on enterprise authentication in a wireless network.


Scott McDermott has been a system administrator for 17 years. He has managed networks and systems ranging from 10Base2 networks with a couple SparcStations and DGUX boxen to modern 10 Gig networks. He currently works as a Network & System Administrator for the King County Library System, with an emphasis on the “Network” portion of his job title. His wireless experience is in running corporate and public WiFi services for the 45 branches of KCLS.

As always, there will be dinner sponsored by Silicon Mechanics. Check them out at

There will also be several CACert assurers present.

The meeting will be at the Electrical Engineering building on the
University of Washington Campus, aka EE1. Directions are linked to the
EE Department’s web site above. Parking is $5 after 5pm.