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March 24, 2005

Welcome to VoWLAN News!

By Glenn Fleishman

Welcome to WNN’s latest blog on VoWLAN: The term is unwieldy, we know. Expand it out and it’s voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) over wireless local area network (WLAN), abbreviated down to VoWLAN. But it’s an area that many companies, universities, and private homes are rushing to get into. Companies that have spent thousands to millions building out robust wireless networks have discovered that overlaying voice isn’t trivial: voice needs priority over other data. Some networks must be re-engineered.

Universities have flexibility, and were often early adopters of WLAN technology. Many, like Dartmouth College, are in their second or third iterations of WLAN rollout and voice is a key part of that. Dartmouth is building an 802.11a (5 gigahertz band) network specifically to ensure the bandwidth and consistency necessary for high-quality conversations.

Meanwhile, home users aren’t left out. A small array of Wi-Fi phones have hit the market, but using those phones reliably on any network, dealing with securing them to well-protected home networks, and roaming outside of the home at hotspots are all issues that remain to be settled.

At Voice over WLAN News, we’ll bring you the same kind of industry coverage, product review, and first-hand reporting that we’ve specialized in at Wi-Fi Networking News for the last four years. We welcome your feedback, and sign up to receive news via email at the upper left of any page.

Posted by Glennf at March 24, 2005 8:53 AM

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