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The wireless internet

Imagine this: As you're lying on a park bench in the warm sun, you stare up at the azure sky and become mesmerised by the beauty of the vast blue. You close your eyes and take in the scent of fresh lilacs and hear the sweet chirps of birds nearby. 

The warmth of the sun puts you into a tranquil state of mind, when suddenly, "DING!" You look over in the plush grass to find that tiny yellow envelope in the corner of the screen of your laptop, notifying you of the new and urgent e-mail message you've been waiting for this afternoon.

No, this is not a dream, this is a reality. The "Wireless Internet". The Wireless Internet has become one of the biggest crazes of the new millennium. "Going wireless" means that companies all over the world are looking into adopting this type of communication to make office environments and networking more flexible. Here are just a few of the benefits from using a wireless Internet:

  • Mobility
  • Installation speed and simplicity
  • Installation flexibility as well as flexible layout
  • Reduced Cost-of-Ownership
  • Scalability

How can you find out more about the possibilities of the new "wireless Internet"? Also, how can you find out how your company can benefit from technology such as this? Easily! By searching the realms of the Database.

Searching using Inspec classification terms

First, rather than searching over all records, you may want to start with a narrower content base by searching within a certain classification of the database. Here are some options that can be useful when searching for this type of subject:

For Internet:

  • B6210L: Computer Communications
  • C5620: Computer Networks and Techniques
  • C5620W: Other Computer Networks
  • C5630: Networking Equipment
  • C5640: Protocols
  • C5670: Network Performance
  • C6150N: Distributed Systems Software
  • C7210N: Information Networks
  • C7250N: Search Engines
  • C7250R: Information retrieval techniques
  • C7240: Information Analysis

For Wireless:

  • B6150E: Multiple Access Communication
  • B6150M: Protocols
  • B6210L: Computer Communications
  • B6210R: Multimedia Communications
  • B6250: Radio links and Equipment
  • B6250F: Mobile Radio Systems

Inspec controlled indexing terms

There are also a number of controlled indexing terms that you may be able to incorporate into your searches when looking for records regarding the "wireless Internet".

  • Access protocols
  • Asynchronous transfer mode
  • Broadband networks
  • Business data processing
  • Cellular radio
  • Client-server systems
  • Code division multiple access
  • Computer network management
  • Data communication
  • Distance learning
  • Diversity reception
  • Educational technology
  • Electronic commerce
  • Error statistics
  • Fading channels
  • Hypermedia markup languages
  • Indoor radio
  • Information resources
  • Information retrieval
  • Interference suppression
  • Internet
  • Internet telephony
  • Java
  • Land radio mobile computing
  • Mobile radio
  • Multimedia communication
  • Multipath channels
  • Packet radio networks
  • Packet switching
  • Protocols
  • Quality of service
  • Radio access networks
  • Radio links
  • Radio networks
  • Radio receivers
  • Radio frequency interference
  • Security of data
  • Software agents
  • Spread spectrum communication
  • Telecommunication congestion control
  • Telecommunication network routing
  • Telecommunication security
  • Telecommunication standards
  • Telecommunication traffic
  • Transportation protocols
  • User interfaces
  • Wireless LAN
  • WiMAX

See below for example searches:

Some content from this article was taken from "Getting Around to Wireless Networking" by Charlie Morris.

Example Searches:

Researching information about the incorporation of wireless technology and distance learning:

s cc=b6250? and (distance learning)/de
99304 CC=B6250? Radio links & equipment
1670 DISTANCE LEARNING/DE (January 1999)

Below are examples of two records that deal with the application of wireless technology to distance learning:

Example 1

Record 14: (Abridged)

  • Title: Real-time interactive distance education and telemedicine system using a wireless LAN
  • Author(s): Seok-Soo Kim; Dae-Joon Hwang
  • Journal: Journal of KISS(C) (Computing Practices) vol.5, no.6 p. 686-99
  • Abstract: The authors propose a multimedia distance education system (or telemedicine) using a wireless LAN for an inner campus university/hospital, which is intended to implement an Open University. This system is implemented by high technology multimedia and information communication software....The structure of this system consists of a T1/E1 network (information superhighway) between campuses and wireless LAN using the AP (Access Pointer) inner campus.... This distance education system supports a real-time collaboration environment and IP multicasting by multimedia middleware for collaboration. (18 Refs)
  • Descriptors: client-server systems; distance learning; groupware; interactive systems; medical computing; multimedia systems; real-time systems; telemedicine; wireless LAN.

Class Codes: B6210L (Computer communications); B6210R (Multimedia communications); B6250 (Radio links and equipment); C7110 (Educational administration); C7810C (Computer-aided instruction); C7140 (Medical administration); C6180 (User interfaces); C6130M (Multimedia); C5620L (Local area networks); C6130G (Groupware); C6150N (Distributed systems software)

Example 2

Record 22: (Abridged)

  • Title: ATM and wireless experiments for remote lectures
  • Author(s): Takefuji, Y.; Takahashi, N.; Tsuchida, H.; Fukuhara, Y.; Neff, R.
  • Journal: IEEE Communications Magazine vol.37, no.3 p.98-101
  • Abstract: We examine our remote lecture experiments using ATM and UNII wireless devices. We discussed which functions should be improved in the current distance-learning system. The Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure/Shared Unlicensed Personal Radio Network (UNII/SUPERNet) wireless devices are introduced for achieving economical distance-learning systems. Two experiments of remote lectures are detailed: a wireless experiment between two buildings in the Philippines and an ATM experiment between Japan and the United States. (3 Refs)
  • Descriptors: asynchronous transfer mode; distance learning; educational computing; internetworking; packet radio networks; personal communication networks; visual communication; wireless LAN
  • Class Codes: B0120 (Education and training); B6250 (Radio links and equipment); B6210L (Computer communications); C7810C (Computer-aided instruction); C5620L (Local area networks)

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