802.11 IEEE wireless LAN standards

802.11 and 802.11x refers to a family of specifications developed by the IEEE for wireless LAN (WLAN) technology. 802.11 specifies an over-the-air interface between a wireless client and a base station or between two wireless clients. The IEEE accepted the specification in 1997.

There are several specifications in the 802.11 family:

Also see Webopedia’s Wireless LAN Standards chart and How Wireless Networks Work.

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