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WiMax Is Finally Coming — Here's How It Performs 112

GMGruman writes "Carriers have promised WiMax networks for years. But will they deliver the goods, or be slow like many early 3G networks or patchy in coverage like the metro Wi-Fi attempts in most cities? This hands-on review looks at a nearly-WiMax deployment (technically, OFDM) in Reno, testing its speeds and reach, as a measure of what Sprint and Clearwire will deliver in their joint WiMax rollouts starting next month. The good news is that this time, the carrier promises look to be delivered on."
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WiMax Is Finally Coming — Here's How It Performs

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 30, 2008 @09:43AM (#25203933)
    So, this is a review of WIMAX, except it's not of WIMAX it's of something else? Can we review Wifi next to see how T-Mobile's 3G service is in my area too?
  • hardware (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 30, 2008 @10:13AM (#25204211)
    Is there any light weight device available that converts wimax to wifi (ie. battery powered that everyone can carry around)? Seeing as there are so many devices (including cell phones) available that support wifi it would be a shame to not use em 'as god intended' ;)
  • Out of curiosity I called Clearwire after seeing one of the inserts. I was curious about the security they offered. I eventually spoke to a tech support person who verified something along the lines of "We use OFDM to protect your data. The information is not encrypted. I can't tell you our proprietary security details." I had mentioned that as a potential client who is interested in security, I would not accept the fact that OFDM is shiny and new and no bad guys can demodulate it as a good answer.

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