Communications of the IIMA


Wireless computing is facing a choice concerning the next telecommunication standard. Two of the new and competing protocol standards for local area and personal networking are 802.1 In and Ultra Wide Band. Each one has its own strengths and weaknesses and both will change wireless networking by dramatically increasing the transmission speed, the QoS and the security of the broadcast. Yet decisions have to be made about which protocol to adopt. The choice rests on a deeper understanding of each protocol, its evolution, compatibility and future direction. This paper analyzes these two competing protocols, discussing their performance and probability for success in the marketplace based on a wide range of criteria.