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Life is good, today's technology is even better... I setup my house with Wi-Fi 802.11 wireless networking today with products from Compex and Dlink. Right now I am sitting in the comfort of my lounge room typing on my Dell notebook with mp3's streaming straight through the air from my desktop PC with the wireless connection showing an "excellent" signal strength with the access point being about 10 metres away in the next room.
I ventured outside earlier and was able to maintain network connectivity up to about 60 metres away from my access point, but with a degrading signal strength scaling me down to around 2mbps.
This technology is damn cool if you ask me. Look forward to a comprehensive article on 802.11 networks over the next couple of weeks!
The Boston Globe has published an interesting article regarding Wi-Fi 802.11 wireless Internet slowing becoming mainstream with Starbucks leading the way giving customers the option of WLAN on their mobile PC devices as they sip cups of coffee and check their emails - or use the cafes as business meeting places, as was the basis for this article. Though with everything in life, it comes at a cost - $29.99 to be exact which entitles you to unlimited monthly access to Starbuck's Wi-Fi network around the United States.
Every Monday evening, the three founders of FloSpace converge on a Starbucks at Arlington Center, sign onto the store's high-speed wireless network, and get down to business. They may not have their own office yet, but they do have a favorite table.More information @ Boston Globe Online
We have wireless LAN's, keyboards, mice, headphones, and now monitors?!. What will they think of next? Although, I can say I look forward to the day where my computer's placement is not limited to how long my wires are. ViewSonic has developed a new WiFi (IEEE 802.11b) monitor they plan to release in first quarter 2003. ViewSonic's initial release will be the 10-inch, 2.5 pound "V110". The second release, a 15-inch version called the ViewSonic "V150" will weigh 8.8 pounds. The displays will be priced at US$999, and US$1,299, respectively.
The so-called Smart Displays, previously code-named Mira, run a new operating system from Microsoft called Windows CE for Smart Displays. The system is based on the operating system that powers Pocket PC devices. Microsoft is working with nearly a dozen hardware makers that are building reference designs or manufacturing products that will go on sale in the U.S., Europe, and Asia early next year.More informaton @ PCWorld
ViewSonic will be one of the first to release hardware based on the operating system, the company says. It will ship the displays with wireless access points that plug into a home PC through via USB and transmit data to the Smart Display. Each device also comes with an upgrade version of Windows XP Professional, which is required for PCs in order to use the wireless displays.
A user wielding a stylus pen will be able to navigate the touch-screen displays to browse the Internet or access data such as e-mails and digital photos.
The guys at Techware Labs are really working overtime since being back online, this time they have a review of D-Link's DI-711 Wireless Router & DWL-520 Network Adapter.
With broadband spreading like wildfire, the desire for home networks is tremendous, but the majority of homes aren't wired for networking. D-Link's 802.11b internet gateway router and network adapter solve this problem by eliminating virtually all wires. Plus, with D-Link's affordable products, wireless networking is now avaliable to virtually everyone.More information at Techware Labs
The Inquirer is reporting that TEXAS INSTRUMENTS AND SMC are to deliver a 2x bandwidth boost for 802.11b wireless LANs and extend the effective range of the network by up to 30 percent, while providing backwards compatibility with existing 802.11b networks.
More information at The Inquirer.
I found this interesting. The guys at Technoyard have posted a roundup on Wireless Networking gear using the increasing popular Bluetooth and IEEE 802.11. As well as comparing different networking devices, they give a good run down on what each tecnology is all about.
The next hot thing to hit the wireless networking market is the 802.11 standard by the IEEE. (Institute for Electronics and Electrical Engineering) Currently there are two main standards introduced, the 802.11a and 802.11b standards. However now there's also 802.11G which is newer to both these standards and is said to compete with the .a standard(will discuss details later). The networking devices we'll be dealing with here today are based on the 802.11b standard. Simply put it, this is a 11Mb/s wireless Ethernet standard, and as with Bluetooth product which conform to the 802.11b specification will in most occurrences work among each other with ease.Check it out!
Asher "Acid" Moses has finished up checking out the new Microsoft Wireless Intellimouse Explorer. This mouse is the first in the Intellimouse line to incorporate an optical sensor in a wireless package. Join Asher as he outlines the pros and cons of this product and gives his verdict on whether or not it is worth your hard earned cash.
- Discuss it in the Forums
OC Addiction has a comparision between the Microsoft Wireless Intellimouse Explorer and Intellimouse Optical mice up.