CABA Information Series
IS-2004-09: Sound Solutions for Wireless Woes
Several new technologies will improve the range and speed of wireless networks, with a combined effect of 10,000 times the capacity of dialup 56 Kbps modems. With such advancements, networks that use radio signals for communication could replace most of the network cabling we now use. How real is this promise? When will we see it? And what will it mean for equipment manufacturers, service providers, homebuilders, and homeowners? This paper from Wayne Caswell provides a survey of the present and emerging radio-based LAN standards including 802.11x, 802.15x, 802.16, 802.20, 3G, mesh networks, and smart antennas.