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April 19, 2007


Larry Press

Several years ago, we used Strix radios to connect 22 small apartment buildings in a college dorm complex using 802.11b/g for access and 802.11a for backhaul. Details are online at http://bpastudio.csudh.edu/fac/lpress/471/hout/dorm/.


I've tried Metro Transit's WiFi bus trial. It sucks - speeds are around 500/68.

Shimon Scherzer

The sad truth is that neither WiMax nor 3G or even what being prdicted as 4G do not have a realistic, economical solution to deliver anything close to broadband performance (require increasing network deployment density by more than order of magnitude). And who is going to pay for this?

Brian Hageman

Unless broadband WiFi can obviate the need for the cellular telephone, cellular broadband will win this battle.

I do agree that broadband WiFi will bring down the price of both cellular and land-based broadband (that is why city mayors love it).

The only way broadband WiFi could score an outright victory would be to become so ubiquitous and reliable that I can forego my cell phone for a WiFi handset. That will never happen. It is an inherent limitation in the technology.

Steve Stroh


There ARE places where Wi-Fi is indeed ubiquitous. I think it's a mistake to extrapolate from the Wi-Fi technology of today and say "that will never happen". Dartmouth College has the kind of ubiquitous coverage you speak of - http://www.dartmouth.edu/comp/resources/network/wireless/focus/facts.html.



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    In 1996, I was fascinated to discover that providing Internet Access via license-exempt wireless technologies was not only possible, but being done routinely by a small band of pioneering Internet Service Providers.

    By mid-1997, I was writing professionally about Broadband Wireless Internet Access (BWIA) as a monthly columnist in Boardwatch Magazine.

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