Problem solve Get help with specific problems with your technologies, process and projects.

Mobile computing vs. wireless

Can you help me define mobile computing as a general category and wireless as a subset of mobile computing?
Wireless is a very broad category, which includes everything from fixed wireless applications to mobility applications. Mobile computing is the crossover between the two. If you are talking 802.11 wireless LAN, which currently does not support mobility (but will support portability in the future), then we are talking "wireless," but if you are talking mobile data using technologies such as GPRS or 1XRTT for access of mobile devices such as mobile phones and laptops, then you are talking mobility. There is thus not a good clear "definition." Instead, there are varying degrees of mobility/portability offered by various technologies.
This was last published in August 2001

Dig Deeper on Troubleshooting Wireless Networks

Have a question for an expert?

Please add a title for your question

Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.

You will be able to add details on the next page.

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.