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Networld+Interop tries wireless Net

Symbol Technologies handed out 11mbps wireless LAN cards like popcorn at Networld+Interop and set up free wireless access points...

Symbol Technologies handed out 11mbps wireless LAN cards like popcorn at Networld+Interop and set up free wireless access points throughout the Georgia World Congress Centre.

The wireless technology, based on the 802.11b standard, was set up by Symbol Technologies in conjunction with the show's organisers. A company spokesman said the wireless products vendor wanted to give attendees the experience of using wireless systems inside a large facility.

Tests showed that the wireless connections were easy to set up and performed well. But many attendees said they couldn't be bothered with installing the drivers for the wireless cards and relied instead on dial-up connections.

The Networld+Interop network went down briefly on 12 September, temporarily disrupting wireless connectivity. But technicians said the outage was caused by someone tripping over an optical cable.

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