I was reading an article on Gizmodo today, which reminded me of something I hadn’t thought about in quite a few months.
I’m sure most of you remember back when television in the U.S. went completely digital? All that cluster-mess of vouchers and old people crying…well the dumb ones anyway, not to offend your granny. Well there was also an auction to determine what to do with that “white space”, and while Verizon won most of the spectrum, other companies also won small bits of it.
Well with the analog TV gone, that freed up the lower frequency. The frequency is much lower than the normal Wi-Fi (2.4Ghz – 5Ghz) we use today at 50Mhz – 700Mhz. Since it’s such a low frequency it’s able to travel long distances and it also has the ability to go through brick walls…which 802.11G & N have a very hard time doing. How far can it travel? Supposedly for several miles.
This isn’t to say it doesn’t have a downside. Because of the lower frequency, the max speed would also be lower. You would be unlikely to noticed, however, because the anticipated speed is 15 – 20 Mbps. I don’t know about you, but I get about 15Mbps max on my cable modem so my browsing/download on the internet wouldn’t change. The difference though would be LAN speeds, where on Wireless-G you get 54Mbps, on Wireless-N it’s 600Mbps.
Now we don’t know for sure what’s going to happen to this spectrum, I assume most of it will be used to extend the availability of each companies respected services, but I for one am hoping, naive though it may be, for free Wi-Fi nationwide. I can safely assume though that part of the spectrum will be used for consumer routers and adapters.
I know the techno-mumbo-jumbo is starting to get boring, so let me get to my interesting thought. What would be the future for LAN parties/gaming, if you could connect to a central LAN from several miles away? Better yet, how would this shape the way developers make a game?
Let me know what you think in the comments.