Yet Another Company Thinks It Can Stretch WiFi To Compete With WiMAX

from the just-don't dept

For years and years and years we've been hearing about companies that claim to have taken WiFi and been able to turn it into a wide-area technology. Yet, every time, the reality is a lot less appealing. The technology rarely works, except under specific ideal conditions. So forgive us for being skeptical of yet another company claiming that its special take on WiFi can take on WiMAX. It's even come up with the name MaxFi that's almost certain to have the WiMAX folks checking with their trademark lawyers. While it's nice to see some folks trying to do more with the technology, given the long trail littered with failed plans for wide-area WiFi, let's consider this one to be yet another story that makes a nice headline and little else.
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Filed Under: extended range, wifi, wimax

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    Derek Kerton (profile), 28 May 2008 @ 10:49am

    Stretching Wi-Fi With Non-Economic Ideas

    re comment #5

    Rhett, some people have managed to get a Wi-Fi signal to travel incredible distances, but every time we see this, it is using some massively directional antenna, increased TX power, reduced data modulation rates, and a variety of relatively expensive electronics. Then out comes a press release that some lab got a Wi-Fi signal to travel 20Km.

    The question is not how far and thinly can Wi-Fi be stretched, but what is the typical range of Wi-Fi with cheap equipment, a standard laptop CPE, and no roof mounted equipment at the client's site.

    Yes, #4, mobile WiMAX is also unproven in the kind of commercial deployment I describe in the paragraph above. But at least it was designed to handle this task. We'll see soon enough if Sprint's Clearwire can pull it off.

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