Essential Guide

Mapping your wireless local area network: How to make your WLAN shine

A comprehensive collection of articles, videos and more, hand-picked by our editors

wireless LAN (WLAN or Wireless Local Area Network)

A wireless LAN is one in which a mobile user can connect to a local area network (LAN) through a wireless (radio) connection.

A wireless LAN (or WLAN, for wireless local area network, sometimes referred to as LAWN, for local area wireless network) is one in which a mobile user can connect to a local area network (LAN) through a wireless (radio) connection. The IEEE 802.11 group of standards specify the technologies for wireless LANs. 802.11 standards use the Ethernet protocol and CSMA/CA (carrier sense multiple access with collision avoidance) for path sharing and include an encryption method, the Wired Equivalent Privacy algorithm.

High-bandwidth allocation for wireless will make possible a relatively low-cost wiring of classrooms in the United States. A similar frequency allocation has been made in Europe. Hospitals and businesses are also expected to install wireless LAN systems where existing LANs are not already in place.

Using technology from the Symbionics Networks, Ltd., a wireless LAN adapter can be made to fit on a Personal Computer Memory Card Industry Association (PCMCIA) card for a laptop or notebook computer

 

This was first published in November 2010

Continue Reading About wireless LAN (WLAN or Wireless Local Area Network)

Glossary

'wireless LAN (WLAN or Wireless Local Area Network)' is part of the:

View All Definitions

Essential Guide

Mapping your wireless local area network: How to make your WLAN shine

1 comment

Oldest 

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

File Extensions and File Formats

Powered by:

SearchConsumerization

SearchNetworking

SearchTelecom

SearchUnifiedCommunications

SearchSecurity

Close