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9/10/2015 07:00 AM EDT
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wifi wife
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Re: Got a Wi-Fi story to tell?
wifi wife   10/10/2015 4:15:13 AM
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Hi Nathan!

As the wife of one of the wireless pioneers, I truly appreciate your statements under this article and find them highly appropriate.  There are many interesting stories out there but it would seem that they are not all actually documented into book format.  I wrote a long comment under a terrific Wi-Fi 25th anniversary article by Mr. Adrian Stephens, Chair of 802.11 Wireless LAN Working Group, about the place that wireless has had in our lives. I actually posted this article from EETimes, along with its great photos, under his article as well.  My thanks to EETimes!

Michael tells me that he definitely recalls an IEEE fellow named Nathan being on board with the new standard. *waves hello!*  Even though Michael was very disappointed to be unable to continue his full involvement in the monthly task force mtgs. he knew that he had been in the right place at the right time and everything was certainly in capable hands. Michael remains in touch with Larry VanderJagt, who also played a key role, as well as the wonderful Mr. Vic Hayes.  Actually, some of his peers and mentors were almost the stuff of legends.

I will leave his corporate email in the event someone would like to contact him. Oh, and speaking of ''Oshawa''....   

http://www.wirelessdesignmag.com/blog/2015/09/wi-fi-and-me-career-journey-80211#comment-2299637257

~happy 25th!  :-)

Jan Masleid
wife of Michael A. Masleid
(formerly of IEEE)

Michael continues working for Arcelor Mittal Steel Co. in their U.S. R&D division
email: Michael.Masleid@arcelormittal.com

janetmasleid@gmail.com 
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Re: Got a Wi-Fi story to tell?
SNathan0   9/11/2015 11:57:42 AM
Great article and memories, enjoyed reading it. A lot of credit goes to Vic Hayes and the NCR group for their persistence and tenacity, but there are more stories to tell about the beginning of Wi-Fi. Take a look at the attendance lists of the first meeting in Oshawa, and you'll find more companies and individuals that pushed the wireless edge towards what's called today Wi-Fi. Symbol Technologies and later on California Microwave unwired numerous business using what was to become first 802.11 standard in 1997. What a great history and development from the original 1 Mbps to over 1 Gbps today! We made it work despite a bunch of skepticals that dismissed it in the beginning including some . 

Cheers,

Nathan

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Re: Don't leave us hanging....
rick merritt   9/10/2015 7:35:19 PM
Fixed.

For a little something extra, here's the infographic the IEEE SA put out today: http://standards.ieee.org/events/802.11/infographic.html

 

 

 

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Don't leave us hanging....
David Ashton   9/10/2015 4:52:13 PM
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Rick, the last sentence on the last slide ends.... "... I think there will be a hundred devices in your house us"   - seems there's something missing there....??

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rick merritt   9/10/2015 1:03:40 PM
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@Wirelessbitz0  Wow, CDPD, what a blast from the past! It was hot when everyone was wondering when wireless data would ever take off. 

As Bill Gates used to observe, new tech takes much longer than anyone thought to catch on but when it does it is much bigger than anyone expected.

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Wirelessbitz0   9/10/2015 12:28:13 PM
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Great article Rick. Brings back some memories (I remember when HomeRF was a competitor and when folks thought BT was a competitor vs complementary). My story is from when I was at a wireless startup company in 2001. In the very rough times of the dot.com crash, we were struggling with our wireless products (enabling the ipaq with CDPD connectivity) and I went to the CEO to talk about what we should do in light of the tech depression we seemed to be in. I said "what is the one wireless technology that seems to be still taking off and popular??? IEEE 802.11!" While we made some strides in developing 802.11 based solutions, we really focused on moving from CDPD to GPRS/2G. I'm not sure how much it truly impacted the company, but it slowly slipped into the ether and is long gone now. I stayed with Wi-Fi and it remains at the core of my professional career today. Thanks for the memories!

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Got a Wi-Fi story to tell?
rick merritt   9/10/2015 10:45:57 AM
I'd love to hear it here.

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