Chapter 4. WLAN Fundamentals

This chapter discusses the essential basics of the WLAN technology: the services, the messages, the choreographies, and the interaction primitives. Chapter 3, "WLAN Standards," touched on the standards and discussed them at a high level. This chapter gets into the relevant details of the 802.11 standard, the 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g. The rest of this book dives into the various security aspects?standards, design, best practices, configuration, and deployment examples.


As one of the reviewers pointed out, you might be wondering when this wireless security book is going to start talking about wireless security. WLAN security is a complex subject and has a lot of context. So an understanding of these fundamentals is required to fully comprehend and analyze wireless security.