Chapter 4

802.11 Management Frames

In this chapter, you will learn about the following:

  • Management Frame Types
  • Beacons
  • Probe Request / Response
  • Authentication
  • Association Request / Response
  • Disassociation
  • Deauthentication
  • Reassociation Request / Response
  • Management Frame body components
  • Management Frame body main fields
  • Management Frame body main Information Elements
  • Action Frames
  • Spectrum and Transmit Power Management (802.11h)
  • Admission Control (802.11e)
  • Fast BSS Transition (802.11r)
  • Protected Management Frames (802.11w)

Management frames are often seen as the skeleton of wireless networks. They allow wireless devices to form a network and, as their name states, “manage” the connections. The original 802.11-1997 standard defined two types ...

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