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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    Alaric, 29 May 2008 @ 8:43am

    Wi-Fi Already Challenges WiMAX

    Modified versions of WiFi have been used for Fixed wireless (WiMAX's main real application) for quite some time. Its also used for point to point links, again modified with better antennas, etc.

    The biggest problem is going to be output power restrictions (generally lower in the 2.4 and 5.8 GHz wifi unlicensed bands) and propagation characteristics vs the 3.5 GHz band that WiMAX is almost always deployed in. Obviously there are others.

    But in the end WiFi and WiMAX are both facing the same physics of wireless technology and WiFi evolves rather faster than WiMAX...meaning changes could be made to improve outdoor performance rather quickly. And WiMAX made some very bad choices regarding how they handle interference and a number of other issues so i wouldn't rule these evolved WiFi-types out.

    The issue here is really how quickly each camp can adopt particular technical enhancements.

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