Chapter 2. Wireless Standards: What the Letters Mean

If you have already done some research about, or gone window shopping for, wireless networking stuff, you probably noticed that each piece of wireless gear has a letter (or letters) associated with it. The letters are usually A, B, G, N, or some combination such as A+G. In addition, the letters are usually prefaced by the words “wireless,” “wireless standard,” or “802.11.” So it is possible that while shopping for a router, you could see boxes that say any of the following:

• Wireless B

• 802.11g

• Wireless A+G

• Wireless Standard N


You might also see boxes that include each manufacturer’s ...

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