Chapter 8

Wireless LAN Terminology and Technology

The following CWTS exam objectives are covered in this chapter:

  • 1.2 Define basic characteristics of and concepts relating to Wi-Fi technology
    • Network discovery via active and passive scanning
    • Power saving operation
    • Data rates and throughput
    • Dynamic rate switching
    • 802.11 authentication and association
    • The distribution system and roaming
    • Infrastructure and ad hoc modes
    • BSSID, SSID, BSS, ESS, BSA, IBSS
    • Protection mechanisms

This chapter will look at some of the terminology used in IEEE 802.11 wireless networking. 802.11 wireless LANs may be configured in one of two modes: ad hoc or infrastructure mode. We will discuss both of these modes, as well as how the technology is applied and its advantages ...

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