I love the AT&T commercial that imitates “Antiques
Roadshow” on PBS in which a puzzled man brings an
old rotary telephone to the auction expert. As they both
nod sadly, the expert tells how people used to be “tethered”
to the wall by wires. The whole setup sounds primitive
Wireless technology is a technology that wins you over
when you experience it. You can talk and read about
it all you want, but I doubt that you will be won over
to wireless intellectually. But when you try it . .
. that’s a different story. You get the point
For me, my Sony Vaio notebook with the Centrino chip
and built-in wireless and the free Internet access at
my nearby St. Louis Bread Company restaurant converted
me. With the growth of wireless hot spots and the benefits
of untethered computing becoming available cheaply and
easily, the wireless boom is just beginning.
You do have to worry about security, settings and a
few other technical factors, but they are manageable.
Cutting the wires is a good thing.
Here are some good resources for those who have gone
or are about to go wireless:
Wireless Starter Kit (http://wireless-starter-kit.com/)
– The companion site for Adam Engst and Glenn
Fleishman’s excellent book, The Wireless Networking
Starter Kit, provides excerpts and updates from the
book, a discussion forum, and a 30% discount on the
Warp-Speed Wireless (http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,112467,pg,1,00.asp)
– From PC World, November 2003. A great introduction
to today’s wireless world, with reviews and recommendations.
Unwire Your World (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,1277300,00.asp)
– A special October 2003 issue of PC Magazine,
covering “all aspects of wireless technology,
along with tips for better and more secure wireless
Microsoft on WiFi (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/networking/wifi/default.mspx)
– Microsoft’s collection of resources on
WiFi and wireless networking issues provides a lot of
useful articles and other materials relating to the
interplay of wireless and Windows.
Protecting Your Home Network
– Microsoft’s guide to the steps you must
take to address wireless and network security issues.
Wireless Learning Guide (http://searchmobilecomputing.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid40_gci929575,00.html?track=NL-315)
– When you are ready to go beyond the basics,
this page provides a structured set of great links to
a wide range of wireless topics.
ExtremeTech: Home Wireless and Business Wireless
– A great collection of useful articles on a variety
of wireless networking topics.
– You need to be able to track down WiFi access
points and hot spots. Wifinder is an example of the
sites available to help you locate wireless access.
Wi-Fi Networking News (http://wifinetnews.com/)
– This blog, with an RSS feed, provides daily
coverage of developments and news in the wireless arena.
Law Firm Wins with Wireless Networking
– A Hewlett-Packard “success story”
gives some details and an example of how a medium-sized
firm adopted wireless networking.
ZDNet’s Wireless Toolkit (http://techupdate.zdnet.com/networking_upgrades/wireless_now.html)
– ZDNet collects some of its wireless networking
resources in one handy place.
Network World Fusion Wireless/Mobile Research
– A large collection of useful, practical and
technical articles and resources on wireless topics,
including columns, Forums, Q & A, webcasts and primers.
Why are you still tethered to your computer and to
the wall? Think wireless – cut the tether.
Dennis Kennedy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
is a computer lawyer and legal technology expert based
in St. Louis, Missouri. A frequent author and speaker,
Dennis was the 2001 TechnoLawyer of the Year and maintains
a highly-regarded web site and blog on legal technology
and technology law topics (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/).