The availability of several IEEE-approved protocols for wireless LANs (WLAN) is making the decision of which to select for what applications difficult. Not only do the standards differ in data rate, frequency spectrum, performance, and cost but they also impact the design and administration of the hardwired network to which the WLAN connects. Additionally, there are other WLAN protocol options such as Bluetooth and HomeRF as well. This thorough look at each of the IEEE 802.11 protocols will provide IT managers with the understanding they need to begin planning their organizationâs WLAN implementation.
Wireless LAN Choices Abound (April 2002)
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