100Mbit/s Wi-Fi standard could finally take off, after an industry group agreed a compromise that will be the basis of an eventual standard from the IEEE.

The standard will give true 100 Mbit/s throughput, and extend the range of Wi-Fi to cover a house or small building. It uses MIMO antenna technology and re-thinks the overhead included in wireless protocols, to make transmissions more efficient. (More details here)

The IEEE 802.11n joint proposal group, which includes backers of all the major factions in the dispute over how to increase the speed and range of wireless LANs, approved a proposal from the Enhanced Wireless Consortium (EWC), a consortium formed in October by heavyweights including Intel, Cisco and Atheros.

Airgo Networks, which initially objected to the EWC, voted for the proposal, saying that it had been modified to line up with the requirements of the 802.11n joint proposal group.