Thursday, September 12, 2019

How Wi-Fi Almost Didn’t Happen

Resembled the wild west? This was 20 years ago, not 200.

By early summer 1999, the wireless world resembled the Wild West. Businesses had largely adopted Ethernet wired networking, which connected desktop computers in “local area networks” at 10 Mbps (Megabits per second). Consumers, sending emails from home, were just getting used to the squealing and squawking sounds of the latest 56 kbps (kilobits per second) dial-up modems.