Chapter 7. Wireless LAN Topologies

IN THIS CHAPTER, YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT THE FOLLOWING:

  • Wireless networking topologies

    • Wireless wide area network (WWAN)

    • Wireless metropolitan area network (WMAN)

    • Wireless personal area network (WPAN)

    • Wireless local area network (WLAN)

  • 802.11 topologies

    • Access point

    • Client station

    • Integration service (IS)

    • Distribution system (DS)

    • Wireless distribution system (WDS)

    • Service set identifier (SSID)

    • Basic service set (BSS)

    • Basic service set identifier (BSSID)

    • Basic service area (BSA)

    • Extended service set (ESS)

    • Independent basic service set (IBSS)

    • Nonstandard 802.11 topologies

  • 802.11 configuration modes

    • Access point modes

    • Client station modes

All topologies have advantages and disadvantages. A topology may cover very small areas or can exist ...

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