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Alan Cohen, PC Magazine, Sept 06, 2002

Good discussion of some of the hurdles faced in the deployment of wireless technologies. Especially useful is the suggestion that thin clients (such as are found on cell phones) are not suitable for wireless because they require a constant connection. By contrast, a more robust client can rely on short bursts of information exchange. This leads to the conclusion, as other commentators have noted, that the best use of wireless to date is the laptop in a WiFi (802.11) network.

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