WI-FI's five pronged attack alters the wireless landscape

Frenzel, Louis E.
July 2006
Electronic Design;7/20/2006, Vol. 54 Issue 16, p36
Trade Publication
The article presents the developments of Wi-Fi, the technology of wireless local area networks based on the IEEE 802.11 specifications. Wi-Fi started in the 1990s and it continues to progress on numerous fronts. A history of the technology reveals that Wi-Fi attains a progression of speed increases and vendor-developed security measures. Meanwhile, the Wi-Fi mesh networking is one feature which enables any wireless node to talk to any other nearby adjacent node to exchange information. This makes the technology useful in small community wireless networks in towns that lack any kind of formal broadband service. Wi-Fi hotspots are now scattered all over the globe and the Voice Over Wi-Fi is rampant in the U.S. Furthermore, the technology is entrenched in the consumer space.


Related Articles

  • Will Your 802.11n Products Have Next-Generation Performance? Abramowitz, Jeff // Electronic Design;7/20/2006, Vol. 54 Issue 16, p50 

    The article features the multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology, one of the technologies used in the IEEE 802.11n standard, which is about to specify next-generation Wi-Fi products, with performance that greatly exceeds current solutions, like the beam-forming techniques, new...

  • Securing Wireless Networks. Ali Pabrai, Uday O. // Certification Magazine;Oct2004, Vol. 6 Issue 10, p34 

    This article discusses several aspects of wireless technologies and standards and the need to create a security policy that addresses risks associated with a wireless infrastructure. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has defined standards for wireless networks, such as...

  • WLAN spec garners agreement.  // Network World;1/16/2006, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p6 

    The article reports on the approval of a proposal that could form the basis of a final standard for emerging IEEE 802.11n high-speed wireless local area network (LAN) specification. This is approved by a unanimous online vote with two abstentions by the Enhanced Wireless Consortium (EWC). The...

  • WMM addresses quality of service. Guderian, Ben // Network World;9/26/2005, Vol. 22 Issue 38, p47 

    This article reports that Wi-Fi Alliance developed a subset of 802.11e called the Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) specification. Makers of wireless access points as well as wireless client devices such as laptops, phones, and consumer electronics products are incorporating support for WMM into their...

  • Mesh nets offer challenges. Cox, John // Network World;11/21/2005, Vol. 22 Issue 46, p12 

    This article reports on the attractiveness of wireless local area network mesh products. Wireless mesh networks based on the IEEE 802.11 standards offer a range of benefits, such as fast deployment, minimal cabling, unlicensed spectrum and broadband throughput rates over wide areas. Mesh...

  • Where's MIMO? Mathias, Craig // Network World;10/31/2005, Vol. 22 Issue 43, p48 

    This article focuses on the progress of developing standards-based, Wi-Fi Alliance approved and enterprise-ready 802.11n Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output gear. Even though the 802.11n effort has been ongoing within the International Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) since 2002, the...

  • Proposed standard eases WLAN mgmt. Matta, Sudheer // Network World;10/31/2005, Vol. 22 Issue 43, p43 

    This article examines the benefits of the proposed standard IEEE 802.11v for wireless network management. IEEE 802.11v will provide important and efficient mechanisms to simplify network deployment and management. The standard defines procedures by which a wireless infrastructure can control key...

  • Frame Aggregation in Wireless Networks: Techniques and Issues. Saif, Anwar; Othman, Mohamed; Subramaniam, Shamala; Hamid, Nor AsilaWati Abdul // IETE Technical Review;Jul/Aug2011, Vol. 28 Issue 4, p336 

    The timing and headers overheads of IEEE 802.11 PHY and MAC layers consume a large part of the channel time leading to performance degradation especially at higher data rates. Several enhancements at both the PHY and MAC layers have been proposed in order to reduce these overheads and increase...

  • Seaside surfing. McAuliffe, Wendy // New Media Age;8/19/2004, p23 

    This article focuses on the lead of the town of Brighton in England in providing Wireless-Fidelity for public access to the Internet, and deals with its implication for commercial services and staff training. Commercial Wireless-Fidelity networks like the Cloud, T-Mobile and BT Openzone have...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics