Formal Standards Bodies

The formal LAN standards bodies are presented in the sections that follow. Then the vendor groups are described.

IEEE

The Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802 committee is responsible for most of the standards that deal with local area networks.

The IEEE Web site is

http://www.ieee.org/

IEEE LAN standards documents are not free. They can be ordered online at the IEEE Web site. For a catalog listing, see http://standards.ieee.org/catalog/contents.html. Prepaid subscriptions that enable a user to download documents from the Web site are available.

A few references can be downloaded from the IEEE Web site free of cost. A list of assigned organizationally unique identifiers (OUIs) is available at ...

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