> From: African Network of IT Experts and Professionals (ANITEP) List
by the way, does ANITEP have any incarnation in any way other than this
> Forgive me if this issue has come up in the past (I must have missed
> it) but has anyone been thinking about 802.11b technologies in the
> context of wireless networking / public Internet access?
i've heard lots of tidbits about 802.11b. it's my understanding, in the US,
that's considered to be short-range. but in our moscow office the other day
i saw a demo of a unit that was longer-range--they'd cranked up the power.
not sure what frequency management regulations were being broken. but they
got 1mbps working just fine. they are using their system to provide internet
service in nizhnii novgorod, in russia--they use what you'd normally think
of as 802.11b clients as their base stations and then run an ethernet cable
to their 5 or 10 subscribers in that building (can we say security risk?).
so they've set up a bunch of these base stations around town and the bases
communicate with their central node via 802.11b. that way the cost of
connecting a new subscriber, provided the subscriber's near an existing
base, is very minimal.
they said when they crank up the power, they would get about 40 km via