Posts about Wireless

Posted by Dean Anthony Gratton on October 04, 2019
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What happened? Did I blink too fast or has 20 years indeed passed since the first 802.11b standard was introduced in 1999?

Yep, I’ve just checked – my “salt and pepper” hairline is testimony to how 20 years have sped along without due care and attention and have surprisingly avoided a speeding ticket. 2019 stamps 20 years of Wi-Fi connectivity and I wonder what did we ever do without it?

Actually, I do remember what we did: We connected our computers and other peripheral equipment over a local area network (LAN) using Ethernet, forming the most essential of computer networks! You may recall that one of the primary reasons Wi-Fi was introduced was to simplify connectivity. More so, when Ethernet cabling proved too troublesome to deploy, Wi-Fi became a wonderful alternative to resolving connectivity in those typically challenging places to reach ...

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Posted by Dean Anthony Gratton on December 12, 2018
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I attended Web Summit last month and was privy to the same promises of what the internet of things (IoT) can do – yep, I’ve been hearing the same rhetoric, and seeing the same paperware since working with IoT back in 2010. It utterly frustrates me when I persistently read or hear of “What the IoT can do” rather than “Look, this is what we’ve achieved” ...

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When trouble hits, people use their phones to call for help, check on the status of friends and family or to let those folks know that they are okay. This is a natural first reaction. The problem is that it can interfere with first responder communications ...

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Infrared lasers have been a staple of optical fiber communications for some time, both for local and long-haul communications. Now, it seems research is turning toward taking the fiber out of the equation by establishing direct infrared connectivity over the air ...
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