IEEE publishes standard amendment enabling WiFi transit links in bridged networks

IEEE, the world´s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), has announced the publication of the IEEE 802.11akTM-2018–Standard for Telecommunications and information exchange between systems–Local and metropolitan area networks–Wireless LAN Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications–Enhancements For Transit Links Within Bridged Networks, the company said.

IEEE 802.11ak provides protocols, procedures, and managed objects that enhance the ability of IEEE 802.11 media to provide internal connections as transit links within IEEE 802.1Q bridged networks, and wireless connectivity for fixed, portable, and moving stations within a local area.

IEEE 802.11 defines the technology for the world´s premier WLAN products. IEEE 802.11-based products are often branded as “Wi-Fi®” in the market. IEEE 802.11 standards underpin wireless networking applications around the world, such as wireless access to the Internet from offices, homes, airports, hotels, restaurants, trains and aircraft.

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