The Wireless Problem - and Promise - of Air Waves

Loraine Lawson

The airwaves are getting crowded.


Or, at least, that's the word according to Wired, which writes that this is primarily a problem for individuals, not businesses, since much of the crowding is caused by home gadgets such as baby monitors, wireless keyboards, phones and microwaves.


It hasn't been a huge problem, but it's become more noticeable in Riverside, California, which recently added a wireless city network to the mix. Experts say the city network is interfering with reception on personal networks. As someone who's spent a bunch of money setting up my wireless network, then resetting it up when the router died - three times - I can say without hesitation that this form of government interference would annoy me to no end.


Fortunately, a solution may be in the works for this problem and our continued dependency on wires.


Science Daily reports that researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology's Electronic Design Center are using high radio frequencies - approximately 60 gigahertz - to transfer data. So far, the top speed is 15 gigabits per second over short distances. That frequency isn't licensed in the U.S., which makes it a wild frontier for wireless.


Researchers say this could be the first step to creating a virtually wireless personal area network.


And you know what that means. That's right. It looks like I'll soon be buying yet another wireless router.

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