Wireless access points are cheap and easy to set up, creating a wireless cloud surrounding the access point for 50-70 feet in all directions. Anybody inside that cloud with a wireless-enabled notebook computer can connect to the Internet.
There’s another use of wireless technology, where a wireless signal is beamed from a transmitter to a receiver over a long distance, potentially as much as several miles. […] continuedRead more
You may not have realized that there are several different flavors of wireless equipment. Most consumer and small business wireless components used the 802.11b standard, capable of moderate speeds and reasonably long ranges. The other standard, 802.11a, had some advantages – primarily less interference, because it uses a different part of the radio spectrum – but 802.11a devices can’t talk to 802.11b devices, and the market settled on 802.11b pretty decisively. […] continuedRead more
The rollout of wireless is going faster than I would have thought possible. Prices have kept dropping – a Linksys wireless access point/router costs only $79 now. And I’m finding them in the oddest places – a small hotel in Mendocino, a quiet community in San Carlos. Today I opened up the Centrino notebook in a condo on Kauai and discovered that there’s an open access point somewhere within range of my dining room table, giving me free access to someone’s DSL line or cable broadband. […] continuedRead more
An interesting sign of things to come. I fired up the laptop today at a lovely bed & breakfast in Mendocino and an open wireless network popped up. In ten seconds I was online, using the B&B’s DSL line to get online and check mail. Get your Centrino notebooks warmed up – access will be more and more readily available during the next year or two. […] continuedRead more
Intel, Dell, and a host of others are rolling out notebook computers based on Intel’s Centrino chip set on Wednesday. Intel is also set to launch a massive advertising campaign to promote Centrino and establish it as a brand name.
Intel is betting that wireless technology will be huge and that it will fuel a demand for portable devices. […] continuedRead more
The story of the moment is the explosive growth of wireless technology. Prices are plummeting on 802.11b technology and the equipment is being gobbled up for use in homes and small businesses. (Large companies are going more slowly because they have different concerns about security and management.)Read more
The wireless world is coming up faster than you realize. The equipment is getting cheaper and easier to set up. Microsoft announced it is going to manufacture home wireless networking equipment that will be cheap, secure, and ridiculously easy to set up. Wireless standards are settling down and devices are starting to flood the market. […] continuedRead more
Wireless technology will explode this year. By Christmas the stores will be full of wireless accessories for computers and home networking, as well as specialized devices that use a wireless connection to a computer or another device to do something interesting. The standards are solid, the prices are coming down, and manufacturers are finalizing products left and right. […] continuedRead more