In an April 1996 opinion article in
www.teledotcom.com, "Broadband's Present Sense", Michael Arellano,
the Contributing Editor of CMP Net, stated:
"The promise of the full-service network, delivering
high-speed interactive voice, data, and video
services into every U.S. home, has rapidly
devolved into a patchwork of alternative
technologies for often less ambitious networks.
Wireless broadband networks for one-way video
services and Internet access over enhanced
copper wires are now the telephone companies'
main service strategies . . ."
This is still true today, more than 12 years later. The patchwork of technologies now includes Bluetooth
and 802.11, zigbee, UWB and others as additional entries into the wireless field, all locked in competition for the
wireless market. None of these technologies has emerged yet as the definitive answer -- and we still
mainly have just plain vanilla RADIO technology.
For more information see CTIA's articles:
"How Wireless Technology Works" and
"Wireless Data Primer".
So have we really advanced much from the 1920's when "Wireless" was new? Yes! Among other areas, wireless
Local Area Networks have certainly advanced -- download an Adobe
Acrobat (.pdf) version -- (~655K) of WLANA's article, "What
is a Wireless LAN".
Other new Wireless Systems have gained wider consumer
acceptance -- most especially high speed wireless internet access, which is changing the face of the world.
Still, to many consumers, Wireless is just a cellular or cordless telephone -- But we know better
-- don't we? Please explore the links and topics below to gain a more complete understanding
of today's World of Wireless!