[FoRK] Re: WhyFi Doesn't It Work?
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Tue Apr 25 06:21:27 PDT 2006
"Ian Andrew Bell (FoRK)" <fork at ianbell.com>
>I would like to interrupt this months-long discussion of Corinna's career
Be my guest :)
>The tech wasn't designed for that, and the equipment can't do it
>effectively. Add to that every Tom Dick and Harry (especially in SF)
>running their OWN WiFi radios on every possible frequency (because it's
>unregulated), often with overlap-induced interference, and it's a recipe
I think this is really key. The technology has to evolve once it gets
applied past its original application. Probably city-wide, reliable wifi
will require wholly new technology -- and probably regulation of the
frequencies as well. Isn't this analogous to radio broadcasting? Maybe we
need to take that as an example of what would be required to blanket a city
with a reliable signal.
I don't know a lot about this area - I've mostly been following the popular
press and haven't delved into the technical details, so I'm interested in
seeing what others have to say on this subject.
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