Data Communication Term Paper

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Communication -- transmission through wireless and SLIP forms

I've got no strings to hold me down." The Disney version of Pinocchio's enthusiasm for his own wireless status as a 'real boy' is paralleled in the recent enthusiasm of many individual users of the Internet's enthusiasm for 'going wireless.' The delight of personal cable modem and broadband devotee's own 'got no strings' status at their home office spaces has encouraged many corporations to also eschew SLIP modem technology in exchange for the use of wireless technology on a wider scale. Still, fully implementing wireless instrumentation on network scale, no pun intended, has been "an elusive goal for some time," for many industries because of cost and logistical problems. (Drake, 2003) Also, as electronics and data processing technology using SLIP ring data transmissions systems move forward, and industrial instrumentation developers build finer tuned processes, better management information, and greater productivity and performance, many industry analysts think wireless may not be the 'way to go' for many industries.

SLIP ring data transmissions are short for Serial Line Internet Protocols, according to Webopedia, the Internet dictionary of computer and engineering terminology. This means that SLIP ring data transmissions, in short, are the standard protocol connections to the Internet, usually through a dial-up modem connections or cables. (Webopedia, 2004) SLIP ring data transmissions are also frequently used in amusement rides, medical CT scanners, and other heavy-duty communication lines today. (PolySci, 2004) Large slip rings allow for the capability to transfer multiple signals through fiber optic cables and span in diameter from 50 centimeters and a length up to 18 degrees in circumference. (2004) The data transmissions are usually, especially with such heavy fiberoptic cables, sturdy, clean and accurate -- critical for the medical and amusement capabilities of the technology -- but also quite slow in comparision to wireless technology.

The SLIP technology can become more easily impacted by weather conditions than can wireless technology, and although the rings still allows for connections over a larger range of areas, it also ties the users down to a specific geographic location in terms of the physical limitations of the network's outlay of lines and cables, as opposed to the more fragile and less reliable, but potentially more portable form of wireless connections.

SLIP was developed in the 1980. Then, modem communications typically were limited to 2400 bps, and the use of the modem was the only or preferred method of connection to the World Wide Web. Thus, SLIP was initially designed for simple communication over serial lines. SLIP can be used on serial ports and supports "asynchronous" links. (Webopedia, 2004) But one of the weaknesses of SLIP for data communication is that it can only transport TCP/IP traffic in singular form in contrast to wireless sources of pluralistic data communication. (CCSI, 2004)

Today, many dream of replacing all forms of SLIP cables with wireless technology. In the case of one company's deployment of an underground wireless installation, despite the fact that "the temperatures ranged from 120°F to 150°F with 100% humidity" and "water and mud spray were everywhere "and the receiver was on a…

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Drake, Bill. (May 1, 2003) "Blue tooth gets a filling." ISA. Retrieved on September 3, 2004 at

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