Proxim Hopes 802.11a Hot Spots Take Off
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Proxim Inc., plans to use its 802.11a-based Harmony line to establish a free public "hot spot" network at a cable trade show in Colorado.
The public wireless network is believed to be the first hot spot based on the 802.11a technology, which uses a different part of the spectrum to transmit data at speeds faster than Wi-Fi products currently on the market.
The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company said attendees of the CableLabs Winter Conference, running Feb. 11-13 at the Westin Hotel in Westminster, Colo., will be able to connect a wireless network capable of true Ethernet speeds (up to 100 Mbps). Proxim will loan Harmony 802.11a CardBus cards.
Though temporary, the wireless network will still serve as a testbed for 802.11a products, which are finally coming to market. Wi-Fi products based on 802.11b are already widely in use for public hot spots around the country and in other parts of the world. Because of the widespread acceptance of Wi-Fi, Proxim will make its network backwards compatible supporting 802.11b PC cards.