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Wireless LAN (WLAN)

Mobile users can also synchronize data between their mobile devices like PDA’s and mobile phones. Newer technology for PCMCIA cards even allows a Wireless LAN card to be fitted into them to be used for a laptop or a notebook.

A wireless LAN or WLAN is a wireless local area network, which is the linking of two or more computers without using wires.

WLAN utilizes spread-spectrum or OFDM modulation technology based on radio waves to enable communication between devices in a limited area, also known as the basic service set.

This gives users the mobility to move around within a broad coverage area and still be connected to the network.

For the home user, wireless has become popular due to ease of installation, and location freedom with the gaining popularity of laptops.

Public businesses such as coffee shops or malls have begun to offer wireless access to their customers; some are even provided as a free service.

Large wireless network projects are being put up in many major cities.

Google is even providing a free service to Mountain View, California and has entered a bid to do the same for San Francisco.

New York City has also begun a pilot program to cover all five boroughs of the city with wireless Internet access.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.