WiFi Networks Gain Ground While WiMAX Gets Ready

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  • Author: Gary Breed
In August of 2006, Google launched a WiFi network in its hometown of Mountain View, California. With radios hanging on lampposts throughout the city, “GoogleWiFi” wireless uses IEEE 802.11b/g standard equipment to bring wireless Internet access to the city’s residents, businesses, and visitors at no cost to the user. All anyone needs is a laptop or other wireless-enabled device and a web browser to get online, although users must register and sign in with a free Google account. According to Google, the network is a way for us to give back to the community where its headquarters are located, and to use the Mountain View system as an example for itself and others to evaluate.