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Buzzword Alert: Wireless

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WhatIs.com editors have prepared three podcasts to help you get up to speed quickly on three key technologies in the world of wireless: Bluetooth, mesh networks and wireless broadband. Register once and get access to all three podcasts.


What is Bluetooth?
In this podcast, you will learn about Bluetooth, a telecommunications industry specification that describes how mobile phones, computers, PDAs, printers and even industrial robots can "talk" to each other by using a short-range wireless connection.

Listen and learn.


What is a wireless mesh network?
In this podcast you will learn about wireless mesh networks, a decentralized networking infrastructure where each network user is also a provider. Because each node only has to transmit as far as the next node, wireless mesh promises to be a cost-effective solution for Internet connectivity.

Listen and learn.

Illustration: wireless mesh network

Illustration: Ad hoc mesh network


What is wireless broadband?
In this podcast you will learn about wireless broadband. You will come away with a big picture view of both fixed and mobile wireless broadband and learn about 802.16e, the protocol that paves the way for continuous broadband Internet access at work, on the road or at home by offering both fixed and mobile access over the same infrastructure.

Listen and learn.

Illustration: Point to multipoint broadband

Illustration: Point to point broadband


10 More wireless buzzwords to keep on your radar screen:

Wi-fi
ZigBee
WiMAX
push to talk
MIMO
Code Division Multiple Access
GSM
RFID
4G
802.11

This was last updated in May 2008

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