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Low-power infrared beams, which do not harm the eyes, are the means by which free-space optics (FSO) technology transmits data through the air between transceivers, or link heads, mounted on roof-tops or behind windows. It works over distances of several hundred meters to a few kilometers, depending upon atmospheric conditions. The authors believe that FSO could be the ultimate solution for high-speed residential access. Instead of hybrid fiber-coax systems, hybrid fiber-laser systems may turn out to be the best way to deliver high data rates directly to the home

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IEEE Spectrum  (Volume:38 ,  Issue: 8 )