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March 25, 2004 Provided by System Dynamics Inc.

Your Voice -- Readers' Comments

Wireless versus "traditional LAN wiring"

Jason Lue wrote "It's very lucky for me to find your wonderful website about home networking esp. wireless networking. I'm now in a decision making process whether I should apply the new wireless networking technology to my new home under construction or just traditional LAN wiring like I saw in your video. Wireless is simple and cost effective. The only concern is the range of signal for a typical 3 story house including basement. Your point test data convinced me. I'll definite go wireless without any ethernet LAN."

We replied "I think it's a mistake to "go wireless without any ethernet LAN". I suggest you run structured wiring at least between floors and to each end of the house -- with three floors, that would mean five or so runs from the basement. That would let you position wireless access points as needed to get optimal coverage, and to place Ethernet switches for fixed equipment."

Broadband Products/Services for People with Disabilities

Maurice O'Conner wrote from Dublin: "I look forward to receiving and reading each issue of your Broadband Home e-zine. ... I use bbhcentral.com as my primary source of information about developments in home oriented broadband technologies.

... Have you ever looked specifically at the question of products / services that leverage broadband technologies to enable and empower people with disabilities in their home environment ?"

We replied: "We are very interested in the question of products and services that leverage broadband technologies in the home, although we have focused less on people with disabilities and more on the questions of the elderly and aging in place and home health care.

I believe there is actually much more work going on in Europe than in the US on leveraging broadband for societal benefits such as empowering people with disabilities. Someone recently pointed me to the EU site e-Accessibility: Design for all (http://europa.eu.int/information_society/topics/citizens/accessibility/dfa/curri_2002/index_en.htm) which seems to have some relevant information. I also noted an interesting article from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (http://www.vard.org/jour/02/39/2/pdf/blake.pdf)."

Many of the technologies discussed in the AAHSA/CAST article elsewhere in this issue would be applicable to people with disabilities.