Wireless Communications: A control system or communications system in which electromagnetic or acoustic waves transmit a flow of data or a signal through air or space instead of through wire or cable. In most cases, RF or IR signals are used. Typical wireless equipment used today are wireless local area networks, global positioning systems, cellular telephones, personal pagers, cordless computer accessories like IR mice and keyboards, home entertainment remote controls, garage door openers, and two-way walkie-talkies. Portions of systems with a large geographic influence may continue to use fiber and cable.
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