The final approval of a new wireless standard called 802.11g in mid-June should open the door for further adoption of wireless networks in schools by providing the power to transmit data up to five times faster than earlier standards had allowed, industry analysts say.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a technology standard-setting body, approved the upgrade June 12, saying the technology—which increases the speed of current 802.11b networks to 54 Mbps (megabits per second) from 11 Mbps—would give existing wireless infrastructures the power to serve up to five times more users than...

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