Understand 802.11 & 802.11n

When hearing the term 802.11n, many of you would be in utter confusion, as was I when I first heard the term. This article is designed to make your life easier and explain this term. A good place to start with understanding the word "802.11" and "802.11n" is with Wikipedia. Have a look at the two definitions below. The first is the general 802.11 term and the second is dealing with 802.11n.


According to Wikipedia 802.11 is:
"IEEE 802.11 is a set of standards carrying out wireless local area network (WLAN) computer communication in the 2.4, 3.6 and 5 GHz frequency bands. They are created and maintained by the IEEE LAN/MAN Standards Committee (IEEE 802)."

According to Wikipedia 802.11n is:
"802.11n is a recent amendment which improves upon the previous 802.11 standards by adding multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) and many other newer features. The IEEE has approved the amendment and it was published in October 2009."


More Information on 802.11n

802.11n is the latest and fastest IEEE standard in the Wi-Fi category. 802.11n has the fastest maximum speed and best signal range. It is more resistant to signal interference and is see to run up to a maximum of 600 Mbit/s (megabits per second). This is much faster compared to the 802.11b and 802.11g, which had a maximum speed of 54 Mbit/s (megabits per second).

Wavelink supports 802.11n devices, including Meru Access Points such as the Meru AP300, which "The Meru AP300 Series Access Point is the industry's first 802.11n AP delivering high performance and full speed draft 2.0 802.11n while simultaneously supporting legacy 802.11a/b/g devices."




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