Forget Wi-Fi

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by Kizmet, Nov 25, 2015.

  1. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  2. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    I have Hi-Fi. Really good for music.
  3. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    Depending upon what exactly is needed to set this up I'd say the typical home "infrastructure" can be replaced pretty easily. When I moved I unplugged my modem and router, drove them to the new house, plugged them in and resumed normal internet activity. So I don't have fiberoptics running through my walls that would need to be rethought.

    If the new system can be implemented with relative ease then the old system can be ditched, in residential settings, pretty easily. Of course, Wifi's ability to pass through walls makes it an effective system for me. I have one router in one room and you can stream anywhere in the house. It sounds like here you are putting specialty lights in every room you want access. Still, potentially workable.

    Heck, I remember when WiFi kind of sounded like witchcraft. This next leap is really exciting.
  4. RAM PhD

    RAM PhD Member

    Lie-Fi? Sounds like someone finally coined a term to describe the political strategy of the Democratic National Convention.

    Disclaimer: I have one person in mind who is going to respond to this post, let's see if I'm correct. :)
  5. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    You mean like when Donald Trump remembers seeing stuff that footage shows didn't actually happen?

    Why not either invite a specific response, or don't?
  6. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  7. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    Obama, Putin, ISIS, Chocolate cake!

  8. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Schrödinger's cat says 'hi.'
  9. RAM PhD

    RAM PhD Member

    Ahhh, guys, it was a joke, but I couldn't think of a better place to insert an "off-topic" comment than in the "off-topic" forum.
  10. RAM PhD

    RAM PhD Member

    .. :smile: ..
  11. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    I know, I know.
  12. davefranco

    davefranco New Member

    What's the point in lightning fast li-fi if you only have 4mb broadband??
  13. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    well, for starters, speed is only one of the advantages. I'm personally a bit paranoid that I'll get a neighbor who can hack my wifi and use my internet connection to do horrible things. I mitigate those risks by keeping very secure passwords. But if my signal never left the confines of my house that would be even better.

    Second, my internet provider routinely tells me I can get "up to" 50MB. My weekly speed test indicates I very seldom break a download speed of 20. So, there's likely some loss along the way. Would this help? I don't know. But I imagine LiFi coupled with, say, fiber optic could mean that, in time, a residential user could eventually have lightning fast speed.

    And lastly, this is how innovation works. Back in the days when I used AOL dial-up, pictures took forever to load on websites and the idea of downloading a video often meant leaving your computer on overnight and hoping it was ready in the morning (and AOL didn't kick you off for inactivity which you could usually prevent with a small widget that slightly moved your cursor automatically to trick AOL). Even when cable and DSL became options they were pretty expensive compared to dialup. It was incomprehensible to many that, in just a few short years, we would all gleefully pay twice as much for Internet. At the time cable wasn't really that much faster than many dialup connections. I mean, on paper it was great, but in practice it just didn't deliver what was promised (at least in my area in the very beginning). New tech leads to more new tech which leads to something faster, better and (hopefully) cheaper becoming the new normal. Just because new tech doesn't immediately impact you doesn't mean it isn't worth pursuing.
  14. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Let them, the more options the better. But it won't affect me for a long time. Nothing is better than cable at my house in Northern Virginia; Verizon won't build out FTTH here because the city insists they bury the lines. And Dominica has both cable and DSL, but I haven't heard about any sort of fiber build out.
  15. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    Where I lived in Pennsylvania it took forever for cable to reach us. I even spent four years with satellite internet (which was terrible). I was driving in a rural area (not too far from where I live) and saw signs for satellite internet and started having a panic attack.

    But I agree, develop more options. And then even more will follow. It took me a while to adopt wifi even after cable internet was the norm. I had a desktop that was wired in to the modem. Only three cell phones ago I had a flip phone (I don't keep my own. Only the one work makes me carry). My first ipad was a gen 2 that I bought on sale when the gen 3 came out. I just didn't need it for a while. Now, I can't imagine not having wifi. So I expect that the next shift will likewise take some time as I catch up to it.
  16. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    My house has five laptops, two smartphones, a desktop computer, a Wii, and a Roku, and I'm not sure I'm not forgetting something. Not using wifi would be unthinkable.
  17. petiteclumpsy

    petiteclumpsy member

    Hi, I thought, I was really behind about Li-Fi. You know, I can't think of other things to compete wi-fi actually. Well, to realized that it was all a joke..Wifi technology is very important nowadays, so I guess, everyone will be curious about your "Li-Fi" Lol..
  18. cofflehack

    cofflehack Member

    It would be difficult to forget wifi..But must try to forget it once in awhile.
  19. Koolcypher

    Koolcypher Member

  20. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member


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