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They're called "toasters," and pretty soon they'll be popping up in stores everywhere! Nearly everyone will have one! It's an amazing new technology!


Ok, so toasters aren't that new of a thing. And neither are wireless networks!!!

I don't unerstand all this hype lately over "Wi-Fi"... they come up with this new term for an old technology and the press gobbles it up like slop.

Wireless networks have been in homes for several years now. Off-the-shelf technology. Nothing fancy. So now that businesses and municipalities are putting access points in more public places, suddenly it's called new technology? And by the way, I wouldn't doubt that some of the Internet Cafes were already wireless years ago. Yet, cafes are listed among the places that "hot spots" will be popping up.

And as if it's not bad enough just to hype something old, it's not even that good! The news articles say it's a pain to pay for the service in places where it's not free. And it's like early cell phone services where there were huge penalties for changing companies and stuff, being locked into year-long contracts.

Stop hyping this nonsense!


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ISP wireless, yes that is annoying. But a wireless LAN is great and deserved to be hyped. Since you didn't post what you are refering to, that's all i'm saying

What's the difference? What do you mean by "ISP wireless"? A home network IS a LAN, so a wireless Linksys router is a wireless LAN.

Wireless LANs are not new. That's my point.

If you are comparing it to cell phones, then I see it as paying for access to a wireless hub, not hooking up a cable modem to hub that you can use personally.

And no, they are new, but I they are getting cheaper. Just as the ENIAC compared to the first PC, computers were not new. However, the pc's were a lot cheaper.

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I'm not comparing it to cell phones. I'm comparing it to home wireless network routers and saying that the technology is no different.

These "hot spots" they speak of are simply the presence of such wireless routers in public places. Sure, they're fancied up to support paying for the service and stuff, but they say right in the article that they use the same 802.11b standard. Not just that, but they LACK the encryption security of the home model.

The only thing new about this is the location. All of the technology already exists. What bugs me is that they're hyping it as NEW TECHNOLOGY, instead of simply expanded use of wireless networking.

"A bit smaller than a baseball card, it fits into a slot on the side of the computer." They talk like nobody has ever heard of a PC card slot before, when they've been around just about as long as laptops themselves.

The only thing worth mentioning in a news article would be something to the effect of "Access points for wireless networking are finally being installed in more public places. But you might have to pay for it, and here's how that would work." Everything else mentioned in the article about the technology itself is OLD NEWS.

*fails to find links to the article*

Then yes, they are hyping what's already out there.

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