CNET también está disponible en español. Don't show this again. It's these areas--especially cafes--that could prove to be Wi-Fi's major avenue to attract new customers. By Toshiba's count, there are now 1,200 public hot spots. Marston says there need to be at least 10,000 hot spots allowing wireless networking. These locations could offer people the opportunity to subscribe to the growing number of Wi-Fi service providers or spend the $500 to $1,000 for a home network, he says. "We're frustrated to see only 1,200 public hot spots after so many years and so much money spent," Marston said. "There could be 10,000. The jury is still out.".
Marston isn't the only one going to Seattle for the "802.11 West" conference in a sour state, Executives from giant companies such as Microsoft to smaller players such as RadioFrame Networks worry that Wi-Fi needs to find new places to be installed other than in offices and homes, Wi-Fi is also a one trick pony--essentially alana hadid x fifth & ninth case for apple iphone 6, 6s and 7 - red/pink just a high?speed data transfer network--and needs more to do to creep into even more places, other executives attending the conference say, The one key to all their plans, though, is expanding the number of Wi-Fi--also known as 802.11b--hot spots..
"Hot spots are not ubiquitous by any stretch," said EarthLink Vice President Brent Cobb. EarthLink is one of the first landline Internet providers to start offering Wi-Fi, otherwise known as 802.11b services. Wi-Fi to go?One of the biggest public hot spot providers is Boingo Wireless, which by Toshiba estimates has half of the for-pay hot spots in the country. Boingo Wireless sells monthly and daily access to any of the networks, spread throughout the country. Boingo Wireless plans to have at least a thousand hot spots in its network by year's end, said spokesman Christian Gunning. The company hopes to string together a total of 5,000 areas where Boingo Wireless subscribers can access Wi-Fi networks on either a daily, monthly or all-you-can eat basis, he said.
But one thing standing in the way is the cash to do it, alana hadid x fifth & ninth case for apple iphone 6, 6s and 7 - red/pink "There is still a lot of growth in the public space, and that growth requires capital--capital better spent on deploying more footprint," he said, Toshiba aims to solve the cash crunch for public Wi-Fi spots with a self-installed kit that costs $200, with customers needing only to plug a piece of equipment into some Internet access and a power source, Marston said, Toshiba plans to introduce the kit on Monday, Toshiba will do the rest, from authenticating people trying to log on, charging their credit cards for the access and splitting any profits with the hot spots, Toshiba hopes to sell the goods to hoteliers, coffee shop owners or other well-traveled areas that aren't already selling access to a wireless network, Marston said..
"We want to see so many hot spots that it will be the norm," he said. "When you go into a shop, you know it takes Visa and MasterCard; we want the same thing for hot spot.". Wi-Fi in need of a new trickWi-Fi's new generation of worriers also think wireless networking needs more to do. After all is said and done, Wi-Fi can really only shuttle information from one place to the next. Wi-Fi executives draw parallels to the problems facing telephone service providers. For years, the only thing telephones could do was place voice calls, leaving companies reliant on one source of income. But competition drove down the price of telephone calls, forcing telephone companies to begin selling new services. Cell phone providers, for example, have risked billions building high-speed wireless data networks to find new sources of revenue.