Wireless LAN supports mobility in the enterprise, allowing employees access to shared network resources from anywhere in the premises.

Wireless local area networks (WLANs) offer users and network administrators tremendous flexibility in terms of installation, user numbers and device mobility by making it easier and faster for users to connect to the network where cables don’t reach. 

With the release of Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), a better user experience is possible from an increase in bandwidth of four times per user, higher throughput of information, and greater efficiency helping to address the internet of things (IoT) explosion. 

Wi-Fi 6 access points also offer greater efficiency over the previous release – 802.11ac, increased bandwidth of up to four-times per user, higher throughput of information, all while extending the batter life of IoT with target wake time.

Wi-Fi 6 promises to deliver a more secure and faster mobile user experience especially for high bandwidth applications as well as high density indoor and outdoor locations.

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Here's why Wireless LAN is so popular:

  • There's a universal standard for connecting devices wirelessly, from set-top boxes and tablets to computers and home appliances
  • It's simple to connect new devices, with universal Plug 'n Play (uPnP) interoperability
  • Users can be mobile, not tethered to a desk, and maintain connectivity up to 300 feet (100 meters) from an AP
  • Flexibility: network administrators can connect devices that are difficult to reach with a cable
  • Data is securely transmitted thanks to WEP and WPA security protocols

The Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) developed the first specification for WLAN technology (called 802.11) in 1997. Subsequent WLAN standards have evolved across multiple frequencies with variations from the original 802.11b through to 802.11n and the latest 802.11ax. The term Wi-Fi is controlled by the Wi-Fi Alliance, a consortium that promotes 802.11 products and ensures interoperability among them. If an 802.11 product is certified by them, it earns the Wi-Fi label.

While it's slower than wired LANs, WLAN technology is getting ever faster, with 802.11ax reaching up to 3 Gigabits per second.



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