WiMAX

The future of wireless?

Perhaps you're familiar with some of the disadvantages of Wi-Fi. For one, it is a technology that depends on airwaves and not cables, meaning that the quality of connection can sometimes be threatened by a variety of unique factors. The most prominent issue [The Disadvantages of Wireless Internet]revolves around other wireless devices that operate on the same frequency (2.4 GHz), which can cause interruptions and reduce performance. That's all besides your standard hardware differences, but for now that's the business of retailers and product manufacturers.

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**Caption: WiMax could be the next step in wireless technology

A possible solution to the quality of service and interruption problem is WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access), which avoids the competition for access points fought out in standard Wi-Fi situations. You see, WiMAX uses a scheduling algorithm that perfectly limits competition to just the moment when one seeks entry into the network. After that point there's almost no threat of interruption, making for a constantly high quality level of service with no threats to consistently excellent performance.

Why WiMAX?

  • Constant high level of service
  • Avoids interruption through other wireless devices, like cordless phones
  • Best environment for VoIP, or internet-based phone service
  • Optimized for metropolitan (outdoors) use

One of the reasons for the rise of WiMAX is VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol. Unsurprisingly, it's a method of using the telephone through internet connection, and that means phenomenal mobility (whether you're at home or on the road). VoIP's most cool because a phone call to a New York phone number will ring if the end user is in NYC or Paris. The only requirement is a connection to the internet, and that demands Wi-Fi.

**Caption: As the demand for VoIP increases, so may WiMax's potential

Of course, it demands a very high quality of Wi-Fi service, and that's not always possible. In fact, the nature of Wi-Fi is often unstable, limiting VoIP's optimal function. The answer is might be WiMAX, which limits the drops in quality of service.

Aside from VoIP, WiMAX could be considered the future of wireless connections because it's optimized for environments outside of the short range. That means WiMAX provides better service in big-city areas, the real benefit to wireless use. Let's face it, although no cords in the home is a cool feature in Wi-Fi, the most fascinating part of wireless service is being able to connect to the internet on a bus, in a coffee shop, or while sipping lager in a bar.

WiMAX's Competition

UMTS

Constructed slightly more for mobility than raw speed, UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) is being strongly supported by some European countries. So much investment has been poured into UMTS in France and Finland, for example, that those countries have officially banned WiMAX.

LTE

Critics of WiMAX believe LTE offers an evolution in cellular clarity. That's because the latter is built exclusively for wide area mobile voice communications in a great attempt to rectify the flaws of traditional Wi-Fi.

Like VoIP, it appears that WiMAX wants to encourage people to be adventurous. That's good news for everyone (including travel agents), since at this time it's basically impossible to keep an access point when venturing outside of the country. It usually involves free Wi-Fi support at restaurants or pubs, but in most other situations (outside of cities that provide all-encompassing civic wireless service) you'll be stealing in order to connect. Although early in its growth, this appears to be one goal of WiMAX.

Conclusion

There's a long way to go before WiMAX completely changes the way we do wireless. For now, it's little more than a concept, but with the world growing smaller and smaller as a result of convenience-based technologies, the sky might just be the limit. Literally.