School Planning and Management, July 1998, p. 17

Wireless computer networks offer schools a big advantage over hardwired network technology: mobility.

Portable computers on a wireless network can be moved around a classroom without having to remain “tethered” to an actual network cable. This technology provides greater flexibility and mobility for students and classroom activities.

The article’s author, who is a marketing manager for a major provider of wireless laptop solutions to K-12 education, says that infrared (IR) technology is the leading type of wireless technology. The other popular wireless technology uses radio waves, which are susceptible to interference or blockages from certain kinds of building materials.