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WLAN
Last modified: Friday, January 16, 2004 

Acronym for wireless local-area network. Also referred to as LAWN. A type of local-area network that uses high-frequency radio waves rather than wires to communicate between nodes.

Also see the Wireless LAN Standards chart in the Quick Reference section of Webopedia.

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Minimizing WLAN Security Threats 
Most wireless LANs do not invoke adequate security measures to guard against attacks. Learn what security threats exist for wireless LANs as the basis for deploying effective security measures.

Wi-Fi Planet 
802.11 news, commentary and information.

Wi-FiHotSpotList.com 
Search this directory for Wi-Fi hotspots in your region.

Improving WLAN Performance with Fragmentation
Learn how the optional fragmentation function of 802.11 operates, and understand when and how to use it.

Multimedia Wireless LAN Group
Provides information on the University of Massachusetts wireless LAN research and development group and its related publications. Includes links to wireless LAN and mobile computing Web sites.

Selecting a wireless LAN technology
Proxim white paper explaining two spread spectrum technologies: Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) and Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS).

Sizing Up Your WLAN
This tutorial tells you what you need to know about what you need to have - in terms of APs - for your WLAN to actually work.

Tools Simplify 802.11 Deployments
Wireless LAN installation is tricky. The construction of a facility and silent sources of RF interference impact the propagation of radio waves, often in odd ways.

Wireless - FAQ
Northwestern University Information Technology's wireless network frequently asked questions. Provides information on Macintosh and Windows.

Wireless Design Online
Excellent resource for those involved in the design and development of wireless communications systems and equipment. Includes news items, a Web resource center, discussion forums, and buyer's guides.

Wireless LAN Alliance home page
Contains an organizational overview and links to an introduction to wireless LANs, user stories, resources, and contact information.

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related categories

Business Computing

Wireless Computing

related terms

802.11

ad-hoc mode

AP

CAN

COR

DSSS

EAP

FHSS

HAN

HiperLAN

HomeRF

HSSI

Huffman compression

infrastructure mode

local-area network

LOS

NLOS

OFDM

PEAP

RF

roaming

ROR

SSID

TAN

transponder


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