August 2, 2001

Busy little 802.11b's could sting tech titans' cellular networks

Author: JT Smith

Kelly McNeill writes "The hot technology of the moment is 802.11b. Most of you are thinking: That's either the name of a robot in the next Star Wars movie or one of those mystery ingredients, like xanthan gum, that you find in canned chowder. Not exactly. Eight-oh-two dot eleven-bee, as it's pronounced -- don't say, "eight-hundred-two point one-one bee" unless you want the information technology guys to laugh Diet Coke out of their noses -- is a cheap, roguish, high-speed wireless data technology that runs on the same kind of radio waves that cook fish sticks in your microwave."


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