Re: TECH: wireless gets real

From: Michael M. Butler (
Date: Wed Jul 04 2001 - 03:52:11 MDT

Seems like repeaters would have to be pretty broadband & sophisticated in that topology, if they are
practical at all. Am I 'way off base?


> Actually for the kind of money Brian is talking about ($2500 to wire
> your house for fiber), he must be talking about PONs (passive optical
> networks) where there is no active equipment between the CO and the
> homes... it's sorta like a super-cable-modem where each house only
> gets one wavelength from a shared piece of fiber that runs down the
> neighborhood street. If you actually wanted a "few TBps" to your
> house the equipment required to send and receive all those wavelengths
> is much much more expensive, not to mention that simply wiring each
> house with a totally unique fiber path would cost a lot more in fiber-
> laying expense.
> moral of story: people often overlook costs of actually lighting up the
> fiber.
> --
> Brian Atkins
> Director, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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