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802.11 Wireless Technical Reference

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

802.11 Wireless Technical Reference

The wireless local area network (WLAN) protocol, 802.11, and associated technologies, such as the 802.1X protocol, are Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) standards supported by Microsoft to provide secure wireless networking and extend your core network infrastructure.

The IEEE 802.11 wireless standard defines the specifications for the physical layer and the media access control (MAC) sublayer for wireless communications. The 802.1X standard defines port-based, network access control used to provide authenticated network access for Ethernet networks. Although this standard was originally designed for wired Ethernet networks, it has been adapted for use on 802.11 wireless LANs.

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