CNET también está disponible en español. Don't show this again. "Intel is playing to get into the client market, and they are slowly integrating wireless networking capabilities into their processors," said Gemma Paulo, an analyst with In-Stat/MDR. "Intel hopes to make (wireless networking) something that is common in all businesses and homes, and they are investing in innovation on the infrastructure side to get people interested in wireless LANs (local area networks).". "The closer you are to you access points, the bigger your bandwidth is," said Roxanne Gryder, an Intel marketing development manager.
Intel has completed a lab demonstration of the mesh networks project and will begin a home test in a few months, she added, In another research project, the company is working on technology to provide high-speed broadband access in rural areas, Called "802.11 Last Mile," the technology uses directional antennas to make connections to 802.11 wireless available over a long distance, Intel is testing its wireless lazy iphone case technology near its Hillsboro, Ore, offices, So far, the wireless network has achieved a radius of 20 miles and supports about 15 homes..
"The problem is that it's not hugely scalable. It's limited to about 100 users," said Gryder. "It's really a niche way of using 802.11." Still, over time the antennas should improve, which would allow WISPs, or wireless Internet service providers, to add more users. Another wireless networking hurdle Intel is trying to overcome is seamless switching between wireless, wired and cellular networks using what it calls intelligent roaming. Under this system, people would be able to customize their access preferences to switch their devices from one wireless network to another when it becomes cheaper. At other times, people would be able to automatically float between networks without losing a connection.
This type of network roaming will be the first of the technologies to emerge, according to Jim Johnson, vice president and general manger of the platform networking group at Intel, Wired-wireless roaming will occur in the relatively near future, he said, and within two years, services will likely exist that will let consumers float between wired, 802.11 and cellular connections, Armed with the faith that wireless networking's time is nigh, the chipmaker is putting its R&D group to work on improving accessibility--and so making it more attractive lazy iphone case to consumers..
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