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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Wi-Fi® Wireless Networking by Harold Davis

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The Future of Wi-Fi

It's dangerous to predict the future. I'll take that chance and risk being wrong! Here's what I think is a cheap prediction.

Within 10 years, all new appliances, home electronics, and gadgets will be equipped in the factory with wireless networking, probably of a sort that meets whatever the Wi-Fi standards of the day are. This will mean that this equipment—and more, practically anything you can thing of—will be able to

  • Exchange information with other devices. For example, your burglar alarm can “talk” to your smoke detector and your stove.

  • Receive commands from across a network.

The benefits of these two abilities are greater than you might think. They include

  • Greater automation because all kinds of machines will be better ...

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