WLAN Wireless LAN

Wireless local area networks (WLAN)

A wireless local area network (WLAN for short) is a network covering an area equivalent to that of a business's local network, about a hundred metres in range. It allows terminals within the area of coverage to be linked to one another. There are several different technologies for this:

WiFi (or IEEE 802.11), supported by WECA (Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance) offers a maximum throughput of 54 Mbps over a distance of several hundred metres.

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hiperLAN2 (HIgh Performance Radio LAN 2.0) is a European standard developed by ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute). HiperLAN 2 lets users reach speeds of up to 54 Mbps over an area of about a hundred metres, and broadcasts in the frequency range between 5150 and 5300 MHz.

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