Wireless LANs: Opportunities & Challenges in Home Entertainment, Voice, and Public Access



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Published Q1, 2005. 83 pages, 8 Figures, 13 Tables

1   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
     1.1     OPPORTUNITIES               
     1.2     CHALLENGES    
     1.3     STRATEGIC BUSINESS IMPLICATIONS       
     1.4     FORECAST          
     1.5     KEY CONCLUSIONS         

2   THE CURRENT SITUATION               
     2.1     WLAN TECHNOLOGY       
          2.1.1             Wi-Fi standards  
          2.1.2             Proprietary enhancements               
          2.1.3             Centralized vs. decentralized architecture     
          2.1.4             Security 
          2.1.5             Management       
          2.1.6             Roaming              
          2.1.7             Interoperation with mobile phones 
          2.1.8             Weaknesses & vulnerabilities         
          2.1.9             Competition         
     2.2     WLAN MARKET STRUCTURE         
          2.2.1             Market evolution and product segmentation 
          2.2.2             Consumer           
          2.2.3             Small business  
          2.2.4             The enterprise: supply chain management  
          2.2.5             The enterprise: cubicles & carpets 
          2.2.6             Hot spots, zones, and cities             
     2.3     WLAN INDUSTRY STRUCTURE    
          2.3.1             Chipset suppliers              
          2.3.2             Manufacturers     
          2.3.3             Sales channels  
     2.4     STANDARDS & REGULATION        
          2.4.1             Unlicensed use  
          2.4.2             IEEE standards  
          2.4.3             Industry groups   

3   WIRELESS LAN TRENDS  
     3.1     TECHNOLOGY   
          3.1.1             Cell size: larger or smaller?             
          3.1.2             IEEE 802.11n      
          3.1.3             Pre-standard products      
          3.1.4             Planning vs. managing     
          3.1.5             Wi-Fi phones       
          3.1.6             Cellular interoperation      
          3.1.7             Embedded solutions         
     3.2     APPLICATIONS   
          3.2.1             SOHO networks  
          3.2.2             The enterprise network     
          3.2.3             Wireless VoIP     
          3.2.4             Metropolitan area applications for wireless LANs       
          3.2.5             Home entertainment         
          3.2.6             M2M and smart dust          

4   VENDOR PROFILES           
     4.1     CHIPSET SUPPLIERS      
          4.1.1             Actiontec               
          4.1.2             Airgo Networks
          4.1.3             Atheros Communications
          4.1.4             Broadcom Corp. 
          4.1.5             Conexant Systems             
          4.1.6             Engim   
          4.1.7             Intel       
          4.1.8             Marvell  
          4.1.9             Metalink Broadband           
          4.1.10           Quorum Systems               
          4.1.11           Silicon Integrated Systems              
          4.1.12           Skyworks Solutions           
          4.1.13           WavePlus             
     4.2     WIRELESS LAN INFRASTRUCTURE            
          4.2.1             5G Wireless        
          4.2.2             Airespace             
          4.2.3             Aruba Wireless Networks 
          4.2.4             Chantry Networks               
          4.2.5             Cisco Systems   
          4.2.6             Colubris Networks             
          4.2.7             Ericsson CDMA Systems 
          4.2.8             Netopia 
          4.2.9             Nomadix               
          4.2.10           Proxim  
          4.2.11           ReefEdge Networks          
          4.2.12           SMC Networks    
          4.2.13           Symbol Technologies       
          4.2.14           Trango Systems, Inc.         
          4.2.15           Trapeze Networks              
          4.2.16           Tropos Networks
          4.2.17           Vivato, Inc.            
     4.3     OTHER WIRELESS LAN SOLUTIONS           
          4.3.1             AirMagnet             
          4.3.2             Airwave Wireless, Inc.       
          4.3.3             Alvarion 
          4.3.4             Aramova               
          4.3.5             Askey    
          4.3.6             Belkin Corporation             
          4.3.7             Bluesocket           
          4.3.8             Boingo Wireless, Inc.        
          4.3.9             Buffalo Technology            
          4.3.10           Cirond   
          4.3.11           Delta Networks, Inc.           
          4.3.12           D-Link Systems, Inc.          
          4.3.13           Enterasys Networks          
          4.3.14           Excilan  
          4.3.15           Extended Systems             
          4.3.16           Gemtek 
          4.3.17           GoRemote Internet Communications, Inc.   
          4.3.18           iAnywhere            
          4.3.19           Intermec Technologies Corp.          
          4.3.20           iPass Inc.             
          4.3.21           Kineto Wireless  
          4.3.22           Lantronix              
          4.3.23           Linksys (a Division of Cisco Systems)          
          4.3.24           LiteOn   
          4.3.25           Meru Networks    
          4.3.26           Motorola               
          4.3.27           P-com, Inc.           
          4.3.28           PCTEL/Maxrad    
          4.3.29           Psion Teklogix    
          4.3.30           Radwin 
          4.3.31           ROAMad               
          4.3.32           Senforce               
          4.3.33           Socket Communications, Inc.          
          4.3.34           Solectek               
          4.3.35           UMAX    
          4.3.36           Wayport, Inc.        
          4.3.37           WiSE Technology               
     4.4     ORGANIZATIONS               
          4.4.1             Bluetooth SIG      
          4.4.2     Wi-Fi Alliance
          4.4.3     ZigBee

TABLE OF ACRONYMS USED IN THIS REPORT

 

Figures

Figure 1: Forecasted wireless LAN sales, by access points and client devices, worldwide, 2004-2009 (millions of units)               

Figure 2: Forecasted wireless LAN sales, by world region, 2004-2009 ($billions)              

Figure 3: Key wireless LAN management issues

Figure 4: Two alternative architectures for Wi-Fi & mobile phone interoperation

Figure 5: Multipath propagation creates multiple signals on the same frequency channel

Figure 6: Multipath signals may cause modest (a) or severe (b) interference      

Figure 7: Basic illustration of a 2x2 MIMO system

Figure 8: Illustrations of direct sequence spread spectrum (DS/SS) and orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) 

 

                Tables

Table 1 Factors driving/reinforcing/inhibiting wireless LAN market growth

Table 2 Comparison of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, and UWB technologies

Table 3 Comparing major wireless LAN market segments

Table 4 Comparison of public WLAN and cellular data solutions           

Table 5 Public Wireless LAN clouds and zones in the U.S.

Table 6 Comparing the IEEE 802.11a/b/g/ and anticipated 802.11n standards

Table 7 Comparing large- and small-cell Wi-Fi networks

Table 8 Comparing the WWISE and TGn Sync proposals

Table 9 Factors driving/inhibiting development of MIMO-OFDM solutions

Table 10 Factors driving/inhibiting development of wireless VoIP market

Table 11 Factors driving/inhibiting development of wireless home entertainment market

Table 12 Factors driving/inhibiting development of the Wi-Fi-based M2M market

Table 13 Acronyms used in this report




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