Monday, the 802.11g standard passed the first of a series of votes within the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) that are needed before it becomes an official standard. The IEEE intends to complete the approval process by May 2003.
The 802.11g standard is essentially a higher-speed version of the 802.11b (WiFi) wireless networking already common in lap-tops and Pocket PCs. It also operates at the same frequency as 802.11b so it can easily be made backward compatible to older WiFi radios and is more capable of penetrating walls than the already-available 802.11a. Unfortunately, manufacturers are still having trouble putting 802.11g and b together in the same modem/radio because the two standards use differently shaped waves.