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Hello Moto

1:00 PM -- SAN FRANCISCO -- I'm at a Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) press event where it appears they'll be discussing the RFS6000 802.11n wireless switch and the AP-7131 802.11n access point that were announced on Wednesday.

I was chatting with one of the demo-station guys. He notes it's challenging to set up in a space this small, because the APs can cross each other up.

The room is big and comfortable by human standards, but the demos include Canopy wireless LAN gear that reaches distances of 10 miles or more. The power level drowns out the puny APs that reach just hundreds of feet. And those APs are making quite a bit of noise (figuratively) themselves. It's like shouting in a train station.

They're opening with Gartner Inc. analyst Michael King saying, "The wireless office, like it or not, is happening today," with (anecdotally) fewer people using their desk phones and 802.11n likely to help prod the use of dual-mode phones.

Not sure whether I'll be blogging a lot from the event, as they're going to spend a lot of time discussing non-Light Reading areas like the health care industry, but we'll see.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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