The IEEE 802.11 Standardization Its History, Specifications, Implementations, and Future

Justin Berg

The IEEE 802.11 Standard for Wireless LANs has had a profound impact on the provision of network access and resources to dispersed, and many times varied, network elements. It has not, however, been a static system implemented since its initial ratification. The standard has been under constant amendment and updating, striving to provide new services and capabilities for expanding wireless needs, and address shortcomings in the original standard. From its humble beginnings focusing on interoperability with the broader 802.x standards to provide bridging across various media, to its ongoing search for new RF techniques and spectra for increased support to new applications, IEEE has endeavored to stay ahead of users' requirements for Wireless LAN communications.

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IEEE 802.11
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