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While broadband wireless (MMDS and LMDS) technologies are slowly becoming options for high-speed, fixed wireless networking, Gartner maintains that they don?t yet offer enough advantages for large enterprises. When do you think wireless broadband technologies will emerge as an alternative for large enterprises? Which wireless technology, MMDS or LMDS, do you think will dominate the U.S. markets? What plans do you have to use broadband wireless technologies in your organization? You can read therelated Gartner article, which will be posted 3 A.M. Monday, at http://www.techrepublic.com/article.jhtml?id=r00220001106ggp01.htm.

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by howardhenderson In reply to Tech Perspective: Wireles ...

In my opinion, the choice between traditional network media vs. wireless just depends on the specific scenario. I think it is becoming suitable right now for certain situations.

My university is considering deploying wireless access in several housing scenarios.

Our two main dorms are largely brick and masonry construction, making Cat-5 installation very difficult.

Plus, the way our housing is utilized, we (as network support) are uncertain about the number and location of drops needed. I can't pull enough copper right now to cover all potential future requests.

For example, some rooms are private, some semi-private, but that changes over time. Also, there is a need to occasionally set up temporary banks of workstations for recruiting drives, etc.

Also, we have apartments that are clustered together, yet still spaced far enough apart that Cat-5 is not even a consideration.

We also have several low-utilization buildings that are not within the range of our fiber plant (an outlying farm complex) and yet still has need of network access. We hope to couple that coverage with our dorm deployment.

If we deploy wireless, it will most likely MMDS. Right now, the bandwidth rates are sufficient for our needs - Iknow bandwidth requirement only will increase, but feel confident that the chances are at least even odds that the technology will also improve to keep up.

IMHO,
Howard H.

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by PC SUCKS! In reply to Tech Perspective: Wireles ...

ONE: Proofing of articles before release should be performed by valid human with functioning brain capable of critical analysis allowed sufficient time for eyes to receive and transmit data scan stream to intellect processing sector... E.g., look atthe chart comparing LMDS and MMDS. It doesn't agree with statements presented as fact within the article!
TWO: Wireless broadband is ALREADY an option for large enterprises and is an imperative technology supplement to existing infrastructure for the purpose of maintaining competitive equilibrium (interpret: survival) in the marketplace.
THREE: NO technology will dominate the US market, or any other "free" market, because technological developments will advance and change too rapidly for ANYto achieve a position of "dominance." Intelligent humans with techno savvy are absolutely critical to manage and leverage the alphabet soup of technology infrastructure options, present and future. Options will become greater in number, more diversein character, shorter lived, and offer myriad opportunities to wastefully splurge resources. Chasing the "tech du jour" can be compared to cruising the North Atlantic at full speed in late spring, with Titanic consequences.
FOUR: MMDS is reminiscent of television before cable, and TDMA cell phones. Dead, and deader. It is technology swimming against a flood tide, doomed to be overcome.
FIVE: Critical fundamentals essential to an understanding of technology trends in this area are not addressed and apparently were not recognized in developing this article.
Dos centavos.

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