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I am looking to write a C++ application in Windows that will be able to simulate the handover in 802.11 wireless LANs. I have done a Web search but there doesn't appear to be much information. Do you have any suggestions?
You're looking for the same specifications that 802.11 chipset vendors use to develop wireless adapter and access point code. Start with the IEEE 802.11 specification, which you can download from www.ieee.org. You'll also want to download or purchase 802.11a/b/g specifications, and probably f and i as well.

The 802.11 standard defines how wireless devices behave when a station (re)associates. Several vendors have developed proprietary inter-AP protocols to facilitate handoff in homogeneous WLANs. To provide guidelines for handoff in multi-vendor environments, the IEEE developed a standard inter-AP specification (IAPP)-- see IEEE 802.11f.

More recently, the IEEE addressed security-related handoff delays in this year's 802.11i advanced security specification. 802.11i goes beyond basic roaming by letting stations use cached encryption keys and pre-authenticate with a new AP before losing contact with the previous AP. To learn more, see IEEE 802.11i and the WPA2 specification published by the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Finally, the new IEEE 802.11 task group R is working on fast roaming techniques needed to support latency-sensitive applications like VoIP more effectively. To learn more, see the 802.11 handoff-related presentations on Bernard Aboba's excellent 802.11 resource Web site.

Dig Deeper on Wireless Networking

Upcoming wireless standards promise managed WLANs Widespread deployment of wireless networks has created problems in office buildings, apartments and shopping areas, where multiple wireless networks share the air. It is anticipated that the problem of network overlap will get worse as more and more 802.11n equipment is installed. Two new IEEE standards, 802.11k and 802.11v, aim to improve wireless LAN manageability and cut down on interference issues. IEEE 802.11k will specify measurements of the surrounding radio frequency environment to be made by wireless components such as APs and laptops. It will also create methods that components can use to exchange these measurements. IEEE 802.11v will specify ways to utilize the measurements specified by 802.11k to help manage the wireless environment. The goal is to improve WLAN reliability, throughput and quality of service. Learn more about the 802.11k and 802.11v wireless standards in this tip.

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