Chapter 15. WMANs, WLANs, and WPANs

Today’s consumer appetite for wireless broadband and the high-bandwidth applications it supports—such as photos, games, and video—is enormous. However, the demands placed on a network to support these advanced applications create a technology dilemma for today’s network equipment makers and wireless carriers. Among the issues is the question of how an already scarce spectrum can carry more bandwidth-intensive data and multimedia services and do so more economically and reliably. This chapter explores the developments, standards, and deployments in wireless metropolitan area networks (WMANs), wireless local area networks (WLANs), and wireless personal area networks (WPANs), which are all critical to enabling ...

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