Table of Contents For This Issue
News about People and Companies influencing The Broadband Home
As people get used to having a broadband connection to a mobile device, they start wishing they could be connected wherever and whenever they want to. This article covers some recent developments in wireless technologies and services that promise to make broadband available anywhere. We conclude that wireline combined with Wi-Fi will often be most effective in and near buildings, and new "WirelessMAN" technologies will dominate where there's lower population density.
Even though the standard isn't expected to be approved until this summer, several companies have started shipping 802.11g products. Since we think 11g will redefine Wi-Fi, we interviewed several key players and bought equipment to test.
We've enjoyed listening to music on our PCs and digital music players. We've added to our enjoyment by learning how to find and download CDs -- legally.
We report on our experience using DigitalVoice, a low-cost IP telephony service from Vonage, for most of our phone calls during the past few months. It's the first of several reports on SIP telephony for the home.
A reader wrote with a question on HomePlug in Europe.
We revised the Web format of our newsletter and reprocessed most older issues into the new format.