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A Connected Holiday Gift... 802.11

Techstination feature for Thursday, November 29, 2001

One of the top gifts on our computer geek shopping list... .a wireless network. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. All of a sudden wireless networking has become affordable and easy. At Intersil... which makes the technology behind the majority of the wireless devices on the market... .VP Larry Ciaccia says the growth has been explosive...

"And what we find exciting is it's just really starting. People now are starting to become aware of wireless networking. They're seeing commercials on national TV touting the benefits of wireless networking. So all the foundation, the technology is in place, the need is there for this to really be pervasive technology."

And devices from different manufacturers that meet the 802.11b standard... should work together easily. Microsoft has built support into Windows XP. At the recent Comdex trade show in Las Vegas... .the talk was wireless everywhere. The idea is to let you connect not just from your home and office... .but from hotels, airports, coffee shops... and eventually public areas of all kinds. At Intel, senior wireless products director Stephen Saltzman says new, faster wireless connections will spur growth even more...

802.11 is such a wonderful technology. To be able to actually have access to networks wherever it's convenient for you to get your work done or even relax and enjoy entertainment. So it really is unleashing all the real capability of network access."

And it's one of the tech categories in which holiday sales are expected to be strong. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.