Linux hardware guru Greg Kroah-Hartman is inching closer to dumping all
support for WiMAX from the Linux kernel
If you’ve never heard of it, you’re not missing anything. I remember
reading about it in the earliest days of wireless networking: while
Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11) was about wireless connectivity with mobile
endpoints, WiMAX (IEEE 802.16) was designed for connecting between
fixed stations. Clearly Wi-Fi can also be used with the latter,
though maybe there were some obscure technical reasons why WiMAX
was a better fit in the stationary situation.
In the early days of Wi-Fi, creative users found ways to transmit it
over long distances using high-gain antennas constructed from such
low-tech components as Pringles cans. I suspect that Wi-Fi gear, being
such a big seller to consumers, was always much cheaper than WiMAX,
which is why the latter was never able to gain a foothold.
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