9.7. 802.11i

The IEEE is painfully aware of the security holes that have cropped up as the popularity of the 802.11a and 802.11b series has increased. To that end, a new series, 802.11i, has been introduced. 802.11i is not a physical specification as much as it is a security specification. This series is designed to help vendors develop compatible best practice security standards, which will allow secure communication between devices on a WLAN network.

The migration to more secure WLAN networks will occur in gradual phases. As new standards are introduced, they will need to be tested for backward compatibility with older 802.11a and 802.11b devices. Part of the reason that 802.11x products have enjoyed so much success recently is that they have ...

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