Wi-Fi Alliance to Update Wireless LAN Standard

September 12, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A short email sent out yesterday by Bruce Kraemer, the chairman of the 802.11n Task Group, suggests that IEEE is poised to update its wireless LAN product certification program to meet the advancements of products in today’s marketplace.

Bruce Kraemer heads the 802.11 group, which is responsible for WLAN standards. Kraemer sent out a brief email blast to a listserv for task group members announcing that the Standards Board had approved both 11n and 11w, for protecting data in 802.11 management frames.

Kraemer thanked the group’s members for their hard work:

“Although this e-mail vehicle falls far short of expressing the sentiment, thanks to the hundreds of 802.11members that contributed to these efforts, as well as the 802 EC and the IEEE Staff,” wrote Kraemer.

The Task Group’s previous standard recommendations, developed in 2003, were based on wireless LANS with a minimum of 100Mbps throughput. Today’s products deliver from 150Mbps to 200Mbs, based on two spatial streams.

The Wi-Fi Alliance plans to update its Wi-Fi certification program on Sept. 30 and will begin testing WLAN products that meet the more powerful standard.

Network World has more on the new Wi-Fi Alliance standards.


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