Wi-Fi Fo Fum, Wi Fi Fo Fum, I believe I scent the blood, oops, and wrong storey. This tale may not contain giants, but it involves huge technological breakthroughs that concern us all.
The other day I watched two children play. Everybody had a tin to their ears, and they spoke to each other on the telephone. Discuss scientific leaps. Yes, the string I used as a child to hook up this complex communication device had vanished and now they were wireless!
When I was Batman at the time, the string held me close to Robin always so that we could hear each other, even at the corner of a cinder block. Unlimited by the ‘magic cord’ these children sometimes continued to wander out of control. They showed real genius and engaged the little brother of Billy to put himself in the middle field, and he relayed wireless signals. They named him ‘tower.’ They called him. I chuckled. I laughed.
It really reflects a developing climate. We went from HiFi to Wi-Fi, and WiMax is the next in the infinite chain. The transition from ‘High Fidelity’ to ‘Wireless Fidelity’ or Wi-Fi, which was simply related to sound quality, took about 30-11 years. The WiMax switch is now in play, but most of us haven’t found out what Wi-Fi is all about.
The Wi-Fi Alliance promulgates the word according to the ‘Webopedia’ and, as I said above, it is short of Wireless Fidelity. What this means is that you can reach the Internet from a laptop with the right material (wireless card) in many places without the pressure of a physical wire.
If you have it – Webopedia? Yikes! Yikes! Yeah, it’s true and describes site ‘things’ and illustrates it. I suppose Babe Ruth actually believed encyclopaedias were on the brink of bloodshed, but I wrote my 7th grade essay using that standard, a wonderful source of information. Doesn’t you wonder what’s the ‘pedia?’
It is also pointed out that all devices reviewed and licenced by the Wi-Fi Alliance as Wi-Fi Compliant (registered trademark) are certified as interoperable, even though by various manufactures.
Such as Fords & Toyotas use the same petrol to get them to go and their owners take milk to go to a cottage using the same ramps and roads. And Hudson Hornets used the same fuel in a leaded version.
The proximity to electrical grids in Europe, as opposed to North America, indicates how this has not been so well prepared. In both places the same connectors do not fit.
Instead, the Alliance has established an agreed protocol such that vendors build equipment that can be used to navigate the Internet in the same way, instead of making the error. This means the laptop can use the same ‘sweet spots’ for connectivity regardless of the name. Hot spring locations, including Starbucks or the hotel that runs the lobby, are equipped to have access to the great cloud called the Internet from your wireless card. The Fords and Toyotas are the gas card, and the hot-spot is the on-ramp.
Yet elegance and the dilemma lay in it. The beauty of this is that I can navigate the Starbucks website in Atlanta and the hotel lobby in Vancouver. If you ever see someone shaking with his machine in his hands, you probably see the issue. Wi-Fi coverage in both speed and distance is restricted. Perhaps the twisted individual was attempting to get a more reliable signal at the hot spot.
In WiMax. Enter. It’s not Max Smart and his wireless shoe, but Wi-Fi is the next generation. It “connects to the Internet at higher speeds and from much wider ranges than modern wireless infrastructure permits,” says WiMaxxed.com. They say more, ‘WiMax offers a coverage of up to ten miles without wires and internet rates without cable or T1.’
The result is that so many hippy-hippies are exempt from the penance. Ok, not that quickly, don’t just toss your dancing shoes away yet. It’s not on next Christmas’s Wal-Mart shelves, but there are a number of signs that it’s genuine, and just around the corner.
First of all, it’s a worldwide interoperability shorthand for Microwave Access, which has been working for a while now. An article called ‘FCC Move Could boost WiMax’ notes that a range of sellers and carriers, including Intel, Nokia, AT&T, BellSouth, Sprint, and Motorola, have announced devices, testing for the standard in recent months. This firms are not like Duke’s Pool Room – these are the big boys.
The report continues: “Congress has been lobbying for months to free more cellular broadband frequencies.”
Alcatel notes that WiMax would “cross the digital divide with internet delivery in low-density areas.” If you really research this declaration, you will see where we are now in the world. Where policymakers have once maintained that all people enjoy telephone coverage on Ma Bell days, this lingo is now used for broadband Internet access. May everybody have fair access to it is the refrain, but only if it is quick!
So WiMax has real wireless versatility, not hot-spot hopping. Then there is more. And more. He says in an article published by Al Senia of America’s Network that ‘Phone companies like Samsung and LG will launch wireless phones compliant with this service by the end of the year.” “
OK, so it’s VoIP and in hot spots for wireless VoIP. Next is WiMax, with wide-range VoIP wireless.
Certainly, questions related to consistency and safety, whether browsing, voice applications or a whole host of other Internet applications, have to be addressed before greater acceptability is reached. However, I attended a recent presentation from the Gartner Group, in which the presenter said strongly that protection is not a “if,” but rather a “how much.” His aim was simply to achieve the degree of safety needed for business applications and to identify the working economic model for commercial providers. Price ditto.
When air was packed with farm smells, we used to exchange knowledge at the pace of the Pony Express. Now that the air is packed with zeros and zeros, information is transmitted quicker than Clark Kent at speeds. If we want to stay competitive even on the turf, we should pay heed to these applications on the horizon. We would hope that our rivals take care.
It took a century to change the fundamental invention of Alexander Bell into cellular telephones. However, the Internet has enjoyed strong business adoption in the last decade alone. VoIP has become more popular. Cellular and Wi-Fi is a reality today, and WiMax and broadband wireless VoIP are almost on the market.
I have always used an example of potential possibilities in the past, referring to a chip in our eyebrows that is capable of transmitting global holographic images. It’s not so far-fetched any more, so I think I’ll have a great example to come up with. I’ll have to track Jetsons and Star Trek’s reruns.
“Grandpa, why’s heaven blue?” This was still a mystery. What are you supposed to mean on earth when you ask, “Grandpa, why are the sky zeros and zeros?” This is where you wonder, “Wi me?”
That raises a further concern. When they are used up, where do all the zeroes go? Is there anywhere a major Z&O dump? Or it should be reverse — OZ. Oh, I thought he was up to something the Wizard.