IEEE 802.11: moving closer to practical wireless LANs

W. Stallings
2001 IT Professional Magazine  
W ireless LANs have quickly become a significant niche in the LAN market. As adjuncts to traditional wired LANs, they satisfy mobility, relocation, and ad hoc networking requirements and provide a way to cover locations that are difficult to wire. As the name suggests, a wireless LAN uses a wireless transmission medium. Until relatively recently, few organizations used wireless LANs because they cost too much, their data rates were too low, they posed occupational safety problems because of
more » ... lems because of concerns about the health effects of electromagnetic radiation, and the spectrum used required a license. Today, however, these problems have largely diminished, and wireless LAN popularity is skyrocketing.
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