The OFDM Forum is currently exploring specific wireless industry issues dealing with
interoperability between market segments, harmonized standards, and spectrum
allocation. The eventual standard will solve interoperability issues and provide
economies of scale when manufacturing applicable products. Of course this results in
lower costs to the end users.
Very few companies today have OFDM-based wireless LAN products on the market.
HREF=http://www.wi-lan.com>Wi-LAN offers the
I.Will product line, an OFDM-based system that operates
at 30 Mbps.
You can expect many more products based on OFDM to begin appearing on the market in
early 2001. If you're planning the implementation of a wireless LAN needing to support
higher speed applications or where interference may be a significant problem, consider
using I.Will or waiting until there are more systems to choose from.
Stay tuned; next time we'll take a closer look at options for enabling wireless
Internet access within metropolitan areas.