Unwiring Trends


Despite being dog tired, it was with some fascination that I found this item in my inbox. I've been sort of keeping tabs on WiMax's haphazard standartization progress for a couple of years now, and it's odd to think that most of the excuses I've given for not even considering looking at it seem to have evaporated.

Most of them, mind you. It's still somewhat hazy in regulation terms (something I should probably brush up on), and I've yet to figure out whether it still solves any real problems, but then again, I'm biased.

In the meantime, UWB unification efforts pretty much tanked, and 802.11n is sure to be leading the next hype train - up to 600Mbps indeed... what about walls? Ah, sorry, theoretical signal models don't usually include walls. Or metallic office partitions. Or coated glass panes...

I've often mentioned this before, but here it goes again: Wireless USB is sure to be the next "insecure" wireless technology at the consumer level - not because the spec doesn't address it in detail, but mostly because vendors will want to make it "easy" to use.

My bet is that it will be too easy...