Gigawire: Airport's Sequel?

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  1. Durandal7 macrumors 68040

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    This is just a wild guess but the trademark entry at http://tess.uspto.gov for Gigawire reads:
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    Word Mark GIGAWIRE
    Goods and Services IC 038. US 100 101 104. G & S: Telecommunication services; cellular telephone communication; Communication by computer terminals, communication by telephone, facsimile transmission; providing of electronic mail (E-Mail); computer aided transmission of messages and images; communication between computer peripherals and devices; information about telecommunication.
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    Perhaps Gigawire will be a second Airport that can connect computers and Apple's digital lifestyle appliances together. Maybe the "remote" port on the iPod is a port to let a Gigawire base station load data onto it. Imagine it Gigawire would let all of apple's devices communicate. Maybe keyboard and mice will be made wireless via Gigawire. I guess we'll all find on monday if Gigawire is just Firewire 2 or Apple eliminating all wires. The new focus on irda ports may have something to do with Gigawire.

    [Edited by asurace on 01-04-2002 at 07:44 PM]
     
  2. Falleron macrumors 68000

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    Re: Gigawire: The next big thing

    If this is concerned with airport it will have to be compatible with the existing airport equipement + also be quite a bit faster to come with the bandwidth demand. I think its Firewires big brother
     
  3. MacNut macrumors Core

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    i thought gigawire was next generation firewire with a higher bit rate
     
  4. Durandal7 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    It could be next-gen firewire but the site also lists that entry for wireless networking.The firewire entry doesn't have that which is kind of odd. Maybe Gigawire will be a wireless firewire using infrared ports to some degree. I don't believe Apple would come out with iPod only to have it become obsolete 2 months later. In any case in the future if Apple keeps releasing digital appliances they will want Airport to communicate with them at some point.

    [Edited by asurace on 01-04-2002 at 10:27 PM]
     
  5. dantec macrumors 6502a

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    But...

    I always thought IRDA ports where slow (don't they transfer up to 2mbps??) why use it for something that is going at the speed of 400+mbps?!?

    Maybe this is a wireless protocol that runs at 800 mbps... (is it possible at this speed?)
     
  6. GigaWire macrumors 6502

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    iPod antenna

    Why have I heard no mention anywhere in these forums of the antenna built into the iPod?
     
  8. Classic macrumors regular

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    Here's an idea.....

    So, everyone is well aware that the iPod didn't ship with a remote, but that in diagnostic mode there is a test for one. I have always just thought that the remote would be for the iPod, but I could never really fugre out why you would need one.

    Maybe the remote will be used in conjunction with the iPod to control other devices?
     
  9. dantec macrumors 6502a

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    So what...

    Will the remote be called?

    Pro Remote?
     
  10. Durandal7 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    The iPod antannae does make more sense for Gigawire. Scratch that whole infrared port thing.
     

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