The Standard for Wireless LAN
The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is a worldwide professional association of engineers, technicians and scientists in the fields of electrical engineering and information technology. Each area has its own working group that focuses on their standardization.
In September 1990, a working group of the IEEE began to work on a standard for wireless networks with a data rate of 1 Mbit/s in the 2.4 GHz frequency range. This resulted in a protocol and a transmission method for WLAN. In 1997, the standard was initially defined for 2 Mbit/s at 2.4 GHz as IEEE 802.11. Within a few years, several extensions to the standard were developed, successively adding the 5 GHz, 6 GHz, and 60 GHz frequency bands. The current standard is 802.11ax, known as Wi-Fi 6, and its extension Wi-Fi 6E. Wi-Fi 7 or IEEE 802.11be is already in the starting blocks as the next evolutionary stage of WLAN. The IEEE 802.11 standard is the most widely used WLAN technology based on Ethernet and is complemented by the following regulatory testing standards.
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EU Regulatory Standards
The following standards are applied in the European Union and are developed by ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute).
ETSI EN 300 328
Measurements for equipment in the 2,4 GHz band
ETSI EN 301 893
Measurements for 5 GHz systems
Regulatory Compliance Services
The following standards are applied in the USA, Canada and Japan and are controlled by FCC (Federal Communications Commission), ISED (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada) and MIC (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications).
FCC Part 15 Subpart C §15.247
Operation within the bands 902–928 MHz, 2400–2483.5 MHz and 5725–5850 MHz
FCC Part 15 Subpart E §15.407
General technical requirements
Unlicensed Wireless Devices Compliance Testing
Digital Transmission Systems (DTSs), Frequency Hopping Systems (FHSs) and Licence-Exempt Local Area Network (LE-LAN) Devices
Second Generation Low Power Data Communication System/Wireless LAN System
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All you need to know about WLAN and Wi-Fi
- What is the difference between WLAN and Wi-Fi?
A wireless LAN (WLAN) uses radio technology to connect network nodes. It is a wireless local network and operates in 2.4 GHz ISM band, 5GHz, 6GHz and 60GHz bands. It provides a connection through an access point to the wider internet. WLAN is the generic term for wireless technology.
Wi-Fi, on the other hand, is a radio specification and a type of wireless LAN (WLAN). Wi-Fi is the brandname developed by the Wi-Fi Alliance.
- What means WLAN Standard?
The WLAN Standard specifies the medium access and the physical layer for local wireless networks, it specifies the channel width and modulation. WLAN 802.11 is the first standard from 1997 and has always been further developed. The current standard is Wi-Fi 6 (IEEE 802.11ax).
- What is meant by RLAN?
RLAN is a local area network (LAN) that uses radio instead of wires and is a generic term for radio-based networks such as Bluetooth or DECT, GSM and UMTS. Connections between the mobile terminal and the access point can be established via the radio LAN. This means that the mobile terminal becomes part of the Ethernet and can access all connected devices such as printers, servers, Internet connections, etc. If no infrastructure is available, direct connections can also be established for the purpose of data exchange between several mobile terminals.
- Are WLANs always compatible with each other?
Like all other new releases in recent years, Wi-Fi 6 will be backward compatible. Wi-Fi 6 compatible devices must also support 802.11a, b, g, n, and ac standards. New standards are based on existing technologies and increase their efficiency.
- Which is the current WLAN standard?
Wi-Fi 6 is the latest WLAN standard. The abbreviation applies to the standardized designation IEEE 802.11ax. As the successor to WLAN ac (Wi-Fi 5), Wi-Fi 6 is significantly more powerful and brings faster transmissions and higher data throughput. The WLAN standard is designed for parallel use by many end devices.
- What is OFDMA?
OFDMA is a form of OFDM, but designed for multiple users. OFDM is the technology, so-called orthogonal frequency division multiplexing, previously used by WLAN according to the 802.11a/g/n/ac standards. OFDMA is used for Wi-Fi 6 because it creates more capacity for end devices.
- What does IoT means?
The Internet of Things (IoT) enables the global networking of physical and virtual objects. This includes, for example, wearables such as fitness wristbands that measure the pulse and count the number of steps, networked devices and applications in the area of "smart homes" and "connected cars" or also M2M communication ("machine-to-machine") of Industry 4.0.
The IoT is still a fairly new technology that is strongly driving digital transformation.
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