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The Innovation Journey of Wi-Fi: The Road to Global Success Hardcover – 18 Nov 2010

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (18 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521805015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521199711
  • ASIN: 0521199719
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,169,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The Innovation Journey of Wi-Fi: The Road to Global Success involves almost a score of contributors, including many influential voices in the Wi-Fi world … Virtually every chapter combines anecdotes, analysis, and lessons. This is the book's biggest strength. Many of these stories had never before been put into print, and many of the lessons are novel … It collects and preserves several great ideas, stitching them together in one place. That makes the gems accessible, turning them into something very useful for many readers. It should become a focal point for all subsequent developments.' Shane Greenstein, Computing Now

'… a thoughtful, theoretically informed account that ranges from technological roadblocks to critical government policy decisions, the vital role of standards-setting committees, and numerous success stories of grassroots Wi-Fi networks in Europe. Unusual in an edited volume, the style is consistently clear throughout … there is enough in this work to please technologists, historians, business and economics specialists, and the general reader who wants to know where Wi-Fi came from. Summing up: highly recommended.' Choice

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Wi-Fi has become the preferred means for connecting to the internet - at home, in the office, in hotels and at airports. This book explains the development of this technology through first-hand accounts by industry practitioners and reflects on implications for government policy and firm strategy.

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Format: Hardcover
This book tells the history of WiFi, the wireless technology that has taken the world in the past decade. It covers the humble beginnings as a solution for cash registers in department stores, through a tough standard making negotiation process, to the breakthrough as the technology that freed computers from wires.

The story is told by the people who made this history, so readers can be sure the missed nothing. The research is as thorough as can be. The downside is that the authors, being scientists, have felt that dry facts are far more important than personal anekdotes. For instance, the story of Apple's Steve Jobs deciding to adopt WiFi is delegated to small print, while the observations of Job's behaviour could easily have been the starting point and hightlight of the chapter.

So, it takes some determination to read the book, but the reward is a unique inside look into the birth of wireless technology.
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