Are simple wireless uses common anywhere?

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Eric, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. Eric

    Eric Guest

    Playing around with a spare wireless router (WRT54GS) I have, hooked it up
    to a stand-alone PC to do nothing except spit out MP3's, and started
    thinking: why isn't this more common?

    What I mean is, using wireless as simple stand-alone information-spitting
    "boxes". No internet and no local network except for connecting users.
    The boxes would do absolutetly nothing except spit out information on
    demand. They would be read-only.

    Places where this would make sense:

    - Movie theaters: spitting out show times.
    - Airports: spitting out flight/gate info BS
    - Retail stores: spitting out "flyers" of current sales

    Etc, etc. You can think of a million other places where it would also make
    sense.

    Perhaps there are places in your area that take this very simple approach,
    but I've never seen anything around here do this. It would take practically
    no overhead at all for them.

    It used to be that it wouldn't be too practical since not that many people
    carry around PDA's, but many people have Smartphones now...
     
    Eric, Mar 1, 2006
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  2. Eric

    Duane Arnold Guest

    Come on man settle down, you got to know that the whole world is not
    going to jump on the wireless bandwagon. :) Wireless is good and
    wireless is grate but wireless is not all of that.

    Duane :)
     
    Duane Arnold, Mar 1, 2006
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  3. Understand that it's not a question of broadcasting a useful piece of
    information, it's a question of you client's ability to make use of
    what you have available.

    In the scenarios above, I'd set up a WiFi access point, a minimal
    WWWebserver(*), and provide WWWeb browsing capabilities for the
    clients. Everyone who could see your AP would have a browser...

    (*) Some of the WWWeb servers I've seen could probably fit inside the
    AP.
     
    William P.N. Smith, Mar 1, 2006
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  4. Certainly - your average router runs a web server just for
    self-configuration.
     
    Derek Broughton, Mar 1, 2006
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  5. Eric

    me Guest

    Are you saying the PC is NOT connected to the Net but
    only broadcasting what the PC has on it?
     
    me, Mar 1, 2006
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  6. Eric

    Rico Guest

    The reach is too small. By the time I'm close enough to the movie theater
    to use one example, I can just jump out of the car walk accross the parking
    lot and purchase my tickets (and of course read play times over the box
    office <grin>

    fundamentalism, fundamentally wrong.
     
    Rico, Mar 1, 2006
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  7. Eric

    Rico Guest

    They do, how do you think the web interface of a WRT54G works <grin>

    fundamentalism, fundamentally wrong.
     
    Rico, Mar 1, 2006
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  8. Eric

    Eric Guest

    "William P.N. Smith" wrote in message ...
    Exactly. Its simply mininum of technology for efficiency. An httpd was
    also how I envisioned the above examples. You connect and your first http
    request gets redirected to a local page. No magic there.

    Yeah, I had "ready-made boxes" in the back of my head that would have an
    embedded httpd, but where the information comes from is trivial -- whether
    its embedded or a just a local PC. Hell, even an old 486 running Apache
    will spit out text and light graphics faithfully.

    I can think of many examples where I've would have benefited from being able
    to grab local information without having to deal with annoyance of going
    through the internet. Read-only is starting point, you could even get a
    little more complex. I..e., with the above examples (and these are just
    examples):

    Retail store: Spits out sales info BS, but you could also look up a specific
    product by description or ID, and get a price check, location in the store
    (isle), and even available quantity at that store. No need to hunt down a
    clerk or one of those U-scan terminals.

    Movie theater: Spits out show times, but also closed-captioning. Make some
    lightweight glasses with HUD's in them for CC, that the theaters would
    provide, and you've now opened the theater for the deaf.
     
    Eric, Mar 1, 2006
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