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Other Cool Sites

We can’t list all the sites here that we regularly visit, but a lot of good information is out there. Here are some other sites worth looking at:

Topical sites/search engines

ZDNet: www.zdnet.com

TechWeb: www.techweb.com

searchNetworking.com (look for the link to the Wireless LAN Info Center): www.searchnetworking.com

Industry organizations

The creation and maintenance of standards has really driven wireless to very low price points and great interoperability. Here are some of the organizations pushing for change in wireless; each site has info about wireless and networks:

IEEE 802 home page: www.ieee802.org

Wi-Fi Alliance (formerly WECA): www.wi-fi.net

Wireless LAN Association: www.wlana.org

Freenetworks.org: www.freenetworks.org

Roaming services and organizations

As we mention in Chapter 16, a range of potential services are available that you can use to log on when on the road. Most of these have sections of their sites devoted to helping you find out where you can log on near you. Here are some of the more mentioned services and initiatives:

Boingo Wireless: www.boingo.com

Cometa: www.cometanetworks.com

GRIC: www.gric.net

iPass: www.ipass.com

Local wireless groups

Many local groups are dedicated to offering free access around town for broadband Internet service. Here are some of the larger groups:

Austin Wireless (Austin, TX): www.austinwireless.net

Bay Area Wireless Users Group (BAWUG) (Bay Area, CA):


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Houston Wireless (Houston, TX): www.houstonwireless.org

Marin Unwired (Marin County, CA): www.digiville.com/ wifi-marin/index.htm

NoCatNet (Sonoma County, CA): nocat.net

NYCWireless (New York, NY): nycwireless.net

Personal Telco (Portland, OR): www.personaltelco.net

SeattleWireless (Seattle, WA): www.seattlewireless.net


Some of these firms are more oriented toward business products, but many of them have great educational FAQs and information that’s helpful for people trying to read everything that they can (which we support!):

3Com: www.3com.com

Actiontec: www.actiontec.com

Alvarion: www.alvarion.com

Apple: www.apple.com/airport/

Asanté: www.asante.com

Buffalo Technology: www.buffalotech.com

Cisco: www.cisco.com

D-Link: www.d-link.com

Hewlett-Packard: www.hp.com

Intel: www.intel.com

Intermec: home.intermec.com

Linksys: www.linksys.com

Macsense: www.macsense.com

Microsoft: www.microsoft.com

NETGEAR: www.netgear.com

Proxim (ORiNOCO): www.proxim.com

Raylink: www.raylink.com

Siemens/Efficient Networks: www.speedstream.com

smartBridges: www.smartbridges.com

SMC Networks: www.smc.com

Symbol Technologies: www.symbol.com

Xircom: www.xircom.com

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