We're on the verge of 802.11n hysteria, but we could be on that verge for some time, as users hesitate to deploy it for real.
Take Morrisville State College in New York, for instance. In August, Meru announced it was installing the first large-scale Wi-Fi network based on the 802.11n standard there. With 900 access points across the campus by the end of September.
Meru is pushing ahead with 802.11n - this month, it announced the first 11n deployment in Europe, also at a college.
But how deployed are these networks? Morrisville's services page doesn't seem to think it's there yet. "In the fall of 2008, Morrisville State College will deploy a new campus-wide wireless network based upon the 802.11n (draft 2.0) wireless specification," it says. That's a year later than the original story said.
Update: Morrisville has told me that this was a typo on its site. The network is already deployed and in use.
On closer inspection, the European installation may turn out to be slower than first appears. The access points aren't there yet, Bo Ericson, Meru's vice president for North and East Europe told me: "Site surveys are going on," he said - although he admitted the access points were still being shipped there.
But wait a minute. Meru's own site claims that its architecture does away with the need for any site surveys or RF channel planning, by placing adjacent access points on the same Wi-Fi channel.