Chapter 5. Wireless LANs: Networks for Buildings and Campuses

What You Will Learn

After reading this chapter, you should be able to

  • Recognize specific wireless LAN applications

  • Understand wireless LAN components and standards

  • Understand the configuration of wireless LAN systems

Wireless LANs effectively satisfy needs within buildings and campus environments. With performance and security comparable to wired networks, wireless LAN solutions are found in homes, small offices, enterprises, and public areas. Wireless LANs are able to support many different types of applications.

This chapter defines each of the primary wireless LAN components, describes how these components interconnect to form a variety of systems, and explores the 802.11 standards.