Inside the 802.11 Standard
The 802.11 standard defines the protocols that govern all Ethernet-based wireless traffic. However, within this standard exist several sub-standards that compete with each other for a place in the market. This section outlines the major sub-standards of 802.11.
Long before wireless networks climbed out from the primordial ooze of Ethernet, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) had set up a system by which new technologies could become certified. The IEEE’s certification ensures that a technology can be compatible with other products using the same certified technology.
One of the many technologies to go through this reviewing and certification process was that of Local Area ...