The future of HomeRF in light of Intel's decision to use WiFi in its home networking products: discusses how HomeRF, supported by a number of major firms, has gradually seen its manufacturer support erode as WiFi has built market share and the new HomeRF 2.0 spec, running at 10 Mbps, has been delayed to market to this summer. Nevertheless, Motorola plans to integrate HomeRF into set-top boxes and other residential gateways. (By Glenn Fleishman. Originally written for a newspaper, but evolved into too technical a piece.)
Columnist first part on integrating 802.11b with BSD: this part focuses just on the mechanics of 802.11b itself, with some overview.
Tangential but important: Microsoft backs FireWire over USB 2.0: this news ties in with earlier reports that Microsoft will incorporate just WiFi, not HomeRF and Bluetooth, into its Windows XP consumer operating system's fall release. FireWire or IEEE 1394 is a high-speed, widely deployed replacement for SCSI data transfer; it also supports networking peer-to-peer. USB 2.0 is supposed to be a faster, more robust replacement for the widely deployed and despised USB 1.0 and 1.1 found in virtually all PCs and Macs currently sold. Microsoft is bowing to market realities to better serve customers with equipment they already own, or that's cheap and widely available.