Saturday, October 27, 2007

Look Ma.......... No wires!

How do you connect to the internet these days? Via your cable TV company? The phone company? A new technology could change that soon. You've heard of wi-fi? Get ready for Wi-MAX.

You current internet connection is delivered to your home or business via wire. It may travel on fibre optic cable some of the journey, but the last kilometre or so is on a copper wire. Wi-MAX hopes to change all that by making it possible to connect you via radio signals from a tower in your neighbourhood. The best analogy I've read so far put it this way:

If Wi-Fi is analogous to a cordless phone, WiMAX provides services analogous to a cellphone.

I'm looking forward to seeing if this not only revolutionizes internet distribution, but TV as well.

Shaw Cable? I hope you're trembling.......

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