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The Securities and Insecurities of Wireless Networks Today by Ashley Carr on 29/05/06

Everyone is looking for a way to make things easier and more convenient, especially when it comes to technology. Everything that was once new and revolutionary became old and drab because it was stuck in one place due to wires. When laptop computers became smaller and more portable, the need for wireless connectivity became blatantly obvious. Having a wired connection does not allow us to keep up with the fast-paced society that we live in today. Around the early 1990’s, teams of engineers greatly expanded our options for portable technology. “Wireless technologies are without any doubt shaping the beginning of the new millennium. The principal of computing any time, anywhere, is becoming reality.”

Around 1991, “Wi-Fi” or “Wireless Fidelity” was invented by Vic Hayes of Lucent and Agere Systems in the Netherlands. Its initial design was meant for cashier systems and the first products on the market were called “WaveLAN.” This first attempt at wireless only supported speeds of 1 Mb/s to 2 Mb/s. In the past 15 years, things have definitely come a long way. The speeds have increased dramatically from their initial design and have given the world of wireless technology infinite possibilities.

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