Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Ltd has developed an antenna for wireless LAN (local area network) hot spots that can handle all three of the existing wireless networking standards. Wireless LAN hot spots are public places where users of notebook computers can access the Internet if their computers are equipped with wireless capabilities. As of the end of May, there were about 2,000 such hot spots in service in Japan.
However, there are presently three different standards for wireless networking, each using a different frequency and transmitting signals at a different speed. If the user’s computer employs a wireless standard that is different from the standard used at the hot spot, the local network is inaccessible. Continue >>