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 From:  "Andrew Lewis" <andrew at coastal dot com>
 Cc:  m0n0wall dash dev at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall-dev] WIMAX support
 Date:  Wed, 26 Oct 2005 09:46:48 -0400
Jim Thompson wrote:

> Note that its for 3.5GHz, and its the client end.  Base stations will 
> probably be $50,000 each (for a small one).   Welcome to the wonderful 
> world of telcom gear.  :-)
> 
> Parts of the standard are ratified.  The one everyone here probably 
> cares about (802.16e, for use in unlicensed spectrum) is ratified, but 
> the test compatibility matrix hasn't been finished, so there is no 
> 'interoperability testing' possible (yet).
> 
> WiMax is a whole lotta hype.

I can't help but ask since we have some very knowledgeable list members...

Something that has always puzzled me about this sort of question is why 
one *needs* drivers for something that is somewhat specialized.  Why 
doesn't an Ethernet to WiMAX/Laser/whatever bridge suffice?

My experience with some of the higher end and proprietary stuff is that 
when the drives finally come around they tend to be unreliable hacks. 
Once the technology matures and falls out of the high-end category open 
source drivers become useful.

People are used to cable modems and DSL modems, why not coin the phrase 
"WiMAX modem" ?  Well, aside from the "modem" terminology problem.