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Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by Guest, Mar 18, 2002.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    On of the things I read today struck a chord in me.
    Forum post of opinion that we think dropped calls, no service are problems now
    wait 'til you throw in data, internet!

    As much trouble as I went thru to get excellent roaming coverage w/Verizon,
    it makes sense that when I want to browse or transmit data
    that will be a different system than phone I want to place call from wherever I might drive to.


    GoAmerica Goes For WAN/LAN Offering
    By Kristy Bassuener
    March 18, 2002

    GoAmerica Inc. today announces that it will begin offering its corporate customers a combined WAN/LAN solution by combining its offerings with those of Boingo Wireless and hereUare. Boingo's 802.11b Wi-Fi service uses strategically placed hot spots for mobile access and delivers data speeds of up to 11 megabits per second. Combining that offering with GoAmerica's wireless Internet service 'will provide comprehensive, flexible and secure access to corporate data, allowing mobile professionals to benefit from high-speed access wherever it is available,' the company's statement says.

    GoAmerica cut a similar deal with hereUare, providing customers with access to the company's Wi-Fi networks. 'Through relationships with service providers and equipment vendors, hereUare has assembled an impressive local area wireless footprint with over 1,000 locations across the nation,' says John Costello, senior vice president of strategic alliances for GoAmerica.

    Boingo expects to host up to 500 locations on its Wi-Fi network in coming months. hereUare's affiliate network is comprised of 22 network service providers offering service to more than 1,000 public locations in the United States. 'By offering a simple and secure wireless solution to America's businesses, GoAmerica has helped corporations appreciate the value of wireless connectivity,' says Steve Cochran, co-founder and executive vice president of hereUare.


    Boingo has service in hundreds of hot spots, including airports, hotels and cafés you frequent.
    The first phase our network rollout is now complete, with service in over 500 hot spot locations. The Boingo network today includes full coverage in major airports, such as Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin-Bergstrom, San Jose, and Seattle-Tacoma, and access in the lobbies of hundreds of Four Seasons, Hilton, Marriott and Wyndham hotels, amongst others.

    In the coming weeks, we will bring hundreds of additional locations online, including more hotels and select coverage at airports such as Atlanta-Hartsfield, Chicago-Midway, Philadelphia, Baltimore-Washington, Washington-Dulles and Boston Logan; plus more cafes and dozens of "free community" hot spots which you will be able to access at no charge.

    Search the database below to find a Boingo hot spot location near you!
  2. amphibian

    amphibian Senior Member
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    Jan 28, 2002
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    << In the coming weeks, we will bring hundreds of additional locations online, including more hotels and select coverage at airports such as Atlanta-Hartsfield, Chicago-Midway, Philadelphia, Baltimore-Washington, Washington-Dulles and Boston Logan; plus more cafes and dozens of "free community" hot spots which you will be able to access at no charge. >>

    Here's a bit more info on those free community hot spots


    Free Community Nets Sprouting Up What began as a renegade, grassroots movement is moving into mainstream city life.

    By Peggy Albright
    March 18, 2002
    Wireless Week

    Anthony Townsend, who teaches urban planning at New York University, is intrigued by the possibility that wireless local area networks could help create meaningful communities in the hearts of dense, often impersonal, metropolitan environments.

    He's so intrigued, in fact, he's on a mission of sorts: to launch a variety of pilot projects that will advance the use of wireless LANs as "civic networks" in New York City. The way he sees it, cities are replete with organizations that have the wherewithal to supply wireless LANs so local residents can enjoy free Internet access in their favorite parks, train stations and other public gathering places.

    The concept is fairly simple: partner with an organization willing to provide the equipment and bandwidth, use volunteers to install the equipment and spread the word that the network is available.
    Townsend, a research scientist at the Taub Urban Research Center in the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU, is working to establish such civic WLANs in New York City under the auspices of NYCWireless, a wireless community networking organization he co-founded last year.


    The standard initially was conceived to facilitate WLANs for businesses. But it rapidly gained momentum in consumer markets once interoperable products driven by the Wireless Ethernet Communications Association and decreasing product costs made the magic of radio-transmitted Internet services affordable for just about anyone.

    Community networks, which are sprouting up around the country in a grassroots movement, are one of the most creative and interesting phenomena to emerge with the popularization of the technology. "It's a new citizens' band," says Tim Pozar, co-founder of the Bay Area Wireless Users Group, which is considered the first organization to promote community 802.11b networking.


    Beginning To Take Off
    Today, of course, community networks are up or launching in many of America's cities, from Boston to Seattle and dozens of places in between. Each has its own identity. For example, SeattleWireless, one of the first to launch, is deploying access points as part of a large project that aims to create a wireless backbone in the city.

    One of the newer ones is being established in Sebastopol, Calif., where local residents have set up a handful of network nodes around town. This network, called NoCat, functions under the premise that an individual who establishes a node covers equipment costs and digital subscriber line connection fees and simply shares bandwidth with people within range.

    Sebastopol, a rural community of fewer than 10,000 residents, may not have the urban character that Seattle and New York City have, but the network is bound to get attention because NoCat is going up under the leadership of Rob Flickenger, Internet systems administrator at O'Reilly and Associates. Flickenger also has authored the book "Building Wireless Community Networks," published by O'Reilly.
    Flickenger named the Sebastopol network NoCat in reference to a comment Albert Einstein once used to explain how a radio works: "You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: You send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."

  3. amphibian

    amphibian Senior Member
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    Hope it's OK to keep adding to my own thread
    someone else also has interest

    Now VoiceStream and NexTel are into both technologies


    Nextel lines up new wireless service

    By Ben Charny
    Staff Writer, CNET News.com
    March 21, 2002, 4:40 PM PT

    update Nextel Communications wants to add 802.11b wireless Internet service to its repertoire.

    Vice President of Enterprise Solutions Ernie Cormier said the company has inked a deal with RadioFrame Networks, which makes equipment that is supposed to enhance cell phone coverage inside buildings.

    The equipment will also let Nextel offer wireless Internet service using 802.11b, a standard way for devices to communicate while showering an indoor area with super-fast Internet access, Cormier said. Cormier said such an offering wouldn't be for a while and would be aimed at large companies with multi-building campuses.

    Nextel could be the second wireless carrier to sell wireless Internet access using 802.11b, which is a standard way for wireless network equipment to interact. Voicestream bought wireless Internet service provider MobileStar last year. Sprint invested in wireless provider Boingo. Analysts believe competitive pressure will force other carriers to sell this kind of wireless Internet service in the near future.

    "The plan is to have the carriers in control of 802.11b," said Alan Nogee, an analyst with Cahners In-Stat Group. "They recognize that there are many places like convention centers where people are going to want even faster speeds."

    802.11b transmits data via radio waves that are free to use and are shared by transmissions from cordless phones and Bluetooth products. Despite its shortcomings--which include porous security against hackers and a signal that travels only 100 yards at a time--it has found a home in airport executive lounges, hotel lobbies and a growing number of homes and businesses.

    Cormier said the company is taking steps to tighten the security of any 802.11b networks it might offer. Information travels unprotected through the air on 802.11b networks, and a hacker with a reasonable amount of knowledge can intercept it. Hackers say it would be tough, but not impossible, to use this open door to ride the network all the way into a company's main computer.

    "We recognize the problems and understand the issues," Cormier said.

    Earlier this week, Nokia said it plans to sell a modem for laptops that can access both 802.11b and cell phone networks like AT&T Wireless or Verizon Wireless, which use a standard known as General Packet Radio Service, or GPRS.

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