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INTRODUCTION TO BROADBAND WIRELESS NETWORKS

The world of wires has already begun its long descent into oblivion as wireless technology improves to the point where wires become obsolete.

—Thomas FreyExecutive Director; DaVinci Institute

2.1 INTRODUCTION

Broadband wireless networks are forming an increasingly important medium of connectivity. Virtually every device, from an MP3 player such as Sansa™ or Zune™, or a gaming device such as Nintendo DS or Sony PSP, is now being designed to work with wireless broadband networks or wireless LANS. Wireless connectivity became virtually universal because of the efforts of the Wireless Fidelity Alliance (now called WiFi), which went beyond the standards underlying the wireless networks (IEEE 802.11) to ...

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