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802.11 is the original IEEE Wireless LAN specification, and now encapsulates a number of task groups which have made several advancements on the specification.

Like the now widely recognised WiFi standard (802.11b), it operates in the 2.4GHz ISM band, however it only provides 1Mbps and 2Mbps speeds (using BPSK and QPSK modulation respectively). Many cards and access points are still available "after-market" (and for very low prices), however 802.11b is more widely accepted.

802.11 Task Groups

The 802.11 IEEE working group encapsulates the following standards managed by the various IEEE 802.11 task groups:
802.11a54Mbps WLAN in the 5GHz ISM band
802.11b11Mbps WLAN in the 2.4GHz ISM band
802.11cAccess Point bridging
802.11dExtensions to operate in additional regulatory domains
802.11eQuality of Service (QoS)
802.11fInter Access Point Protocol (Roaming!)
802.11g54Mbps WLAN in the 2.4GHz ISM band
802.11hSpectrum Managed 802.11a (SMa)
802.11iEnhanced WLAN security

Note that 802.11b+ is not an IEEE standard, but is also commonly being used, and is compatible with 802.11b equipment.

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The 802.11 working group website is located at External linkhttp://grouper.ieee.org/groups/802/11/.

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