Chapter 18. Introducing Wireless into the Campus Network


This chapter covers the following topics:

  • WLAN and Ethernet Similarities

  • WLAN and Ethernet Differences

  • WLAN Components

  • Wireless Network Implementations

  • Building Blocks of AP WLAN Topologies

  • Building Blocks of a Bridging WLAN

  • Topology Implementation

  • Wireless Theory and Standards

  • 802.11 Operational Standards

  • Implementing WLANs

  • Cisco WLANs

  • Cisco Wireless Clients

  • Configuring a Basic WLAN


The wireless LAN (WLAN) evolution started in the 1980s using 900-MHz Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) technology. The 900-MHz systems were fairly easy to deploy because one access point (AP) could cover large areas and no licenses were required in the approved countries. One problem ...

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