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To: willcousa who wrote (60854)2/22/2002 4:14:20 PM
From: mitch-c   of 70976
OT - wireless networking

That's kind of the pattern I envision for eventual (wireless) last-mile buildout. Right now, cell towers are expensive aggregators, and the cellphone "network" follows roughly the lines of mainframe/dumb terminal computing. The "dumb" peripherals ask the central node for a timeshare, but don't negotiate it among themselves.

When a "distributed processing" model hits, in which your home "base station" antenna helps not only you connect, but stands in as a (redundant) relay hop for your neighbors' antennas, then TCP/IP routing can work much the same as it does over wire - pick the most responsive path and use it.

- Mitch
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