Wireless Access Pointless
Phil Libin has an interesting point on wireless access points and the free rider syndrome.
Not only is securing a wireless LAN difficult for most mortals, but there’s very little motivation to actually make the attempt. You probably won’t notice the bandwidth drain of someone leeching from you, and virus and worms are best combated at the firewall and PC level. You and your neighbor might actually be better off sharing the same access point and not having two separately encrypted networks fighting for the radio spectrum.
I’m a late adaptor on this technology (in fact, I’ve yet to adopt it) but this is worth thinking about. The down side of this would seem to be to create a disencentive for creating additional access points. One would think the infrastructure would get swamped at some point as more people start using wireless and everyone is trying to leech off of the ones who, unnecessarily it seems, put up their own.