Ready for wireless?

By : |May 11, 2002 0

The wireless LAN market has seen a lot of growth worldwide recently, thanks to the wide
support it’s been receiving from the industry. Whether it’s the semiconductor
manufacturers, who make chips for wireless devices, or the standardization bodies, who
have laid out the guidelines for making wireless devices interoperable, they’ve all
contributed extensively to its development. Wireless LANs have recently started becoming
available in India, and will hopefully be as successful as they’ve been elsewhere.

In this story, we look at the applications of wireless LAN implementations across the
world, and the resulting benefits. We also look at how feasible it is to implement from
the cost point of view, as well as understand the government regulations and licenses
involved. We also take a roundup of the types of devices that are currently available, and
which ones to expect in the future.

There are a lot of wireless standards floating around, and the most feasible for
wireless LANs is the IEEE 802.11b, which allows a throughput of up to 11 Mbps in the 2.4
GHz band. Other standards like Bluetooth, Infrared are being looked at for wireless at
home and personal use, and the concept is known as WPANs (Wireless Personal Area
Networks). It’s important for these various standards to be interoperable with each
other if new applications for wireless are to be realized.

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