Overview of 802.11 networks - from 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition

This overview from 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition serves as an introduction to 802.11 networks. It defines terms used throughout discussions ot 802.11 and outlines the IEEE 802 family and its relation to the OSI model.

802.11 Wireless Networks
The de facto standard for wireless networking is the 802.11 protocol, which includes Wi-Fi (the wireless standard known as 802.11b) and its faster cousin, 802.11g. With easy-to-install 802.11 network hardware available everywhere you turn, the choice seems simple, and many people dive into wireless computing with less thought and planning than they'd give to a wired network. But it's wise to be familiar with both the capabilities and risks associated with the 802.11 protocols. 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition will help get you started.

In this chapter: This overview serves as an introduction to 802.11 networks. It defines terms used throughout discussions ot 802.11 and outlines the IEEE 802 family and its relation to the OSI model.

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Excerpted from 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition by Matthew S. Gast (ISBN: 0-596-10052-3).

Copyright © 2005 Matthew S. Gast. All rights reserved.

This was last published in March 2006

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