Room to roam

BROADBAND AND WIRELESS

How some wireless connectivity options stack up

PROS

CONS

802.11 Wi-Fi

Inexpensive, standardized.

Passive security makes it more vulnerable to breaches; 300-foot distance limitation.

802.16 WiMax

Metropolitan-area coverage, 20- to 30-mile line-of-sight reach, two to three miles for in-building coverage; built-in encryption, and quality of service.

Prestandard; expensive until it hits mass market.

Evolution Data Optimized (3G cellular)

Wide-area and international coverage; moderately priced.

May not be fast enough for some broadband applications.

Satellite

Global coverage.

Line of sight only; very expensive; scales poorly for workgroup applications.

Microwave

Widely available and moderately priced.

Line of sight only; prone to signal fading from rain, clouds and foliage.

Featured

  • Congress
    tech budget

    TMF set to receive $1B infusion in COVID relief bill

    Former federal IT leaders told FCW that the boost for the Technology Modernization Fund is welcome, but the big money may necessitate process changes.

  • People
    2021 Federal 100 Awards

    Announcing the 2021 Federal 100 Award winners

    Meet the women and men being honored for their exceptional contributions to federal IT.

Stay Connected