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Do you know your 802.11 industry organizations? WLAN Back to Basics

By Alexandra Gunther in · Experts · July 23, 2015
For all its simplicity to the end user, Wi-Fi is really an incredibly complex technology. In this series, we "get back to the basics" of the technology.
Last week we discussed the history of Wi-Fi and the evolution of the wireless standards. This week we will take a look at a few standards organizations within the wireless industry. Each of the organizations that I discuss in this blog help to monitor or guide a different aspect of the wireless networking industry.
 
Federal Communications Commission
The Federal Communications Commission, or the FCC, is in charge of regulating communications both within, and to and from, the United States. Related to wireless networking, the FCC regulates radio signals in both the licensed and unlicensed spectrum. Basically, the FCC sets the rules for what a user can do regarding RF transmissions and also helps to manage and regulate frequencies, power levels, and transmission levels.
 
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or the IEEE, creates standards for compatibility and coexistence between networking equipment. The IEEE has about 400,000 members in 160 countries and works to “foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity”. The IEEE is best known for its 802 project—the 802.11 working group was responsible for creating the WLAN standard.
 
The Wi-Fi Alliance
The Wi-Fi Alliance is a  global non-profit association with the goal of driving the best user experience for wireless networking technology – regardless of brand. The Alliance performs certification testing to make sure wireless networking equipment conforms to the 802.11 WLAN communication guidelines.
 
Next week I will give a basic overview of the spectrums and channels over which Wi-Fi operates.

Last week we discussed the history of Wi-Fi and the evolution of the wireless standards. This week we will take a look at a few standards organizations within the wireless industry. Each of the organizations that I discuss in this blog help to monitor or guide a different aspect of the wireless networking industry. 

Federal Communications Commission

The Federal Communications Commission, or the FCC, is in charge of regulating communications both within, and to and from, the United States. Related to wireless networking, the FCC regulates radio signals in both the licensed and unlicensed spectrum. Basically, the FCC sets the rules for what a user can do regarding RF transmissions and also helps to manage and regulate frequencies, power levels, and transmission levels. 

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or the IEEE, creates standards for compatibility and coexistence between networking equipment. The IEEE has about 400,000 members in 160 countries and works to “foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity”. The IEEE is best known for its 802 project—the 802.11 working group was responsible for creating the WLAN standard. 

The Wi-Fi Alliance

The Wi-Fi Alliance is a  global non-profit association with the goal of driving the best user experience for wireless networking technology – regardless of brand. The Alliance performs certification testing to make sure wireless networking equipment conforms to the 802.11 WLAN communication guidelines. 

Next week, I will give a basic overview of the spectrums and channels over which Wi-Fi operates.

All Posts In The Back To Basics Series:

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1) Do you know the RF fundamentals?

2) How are RF signals transmitted? Let's talk equipment

3) A history of wireless standards

4) Do you know your 802.11 industry organizations?

5) Getting Familiar with Wi-Fi Channels?

6) 2.4 GHz Channel Planning

7) What Are 802.11 Topologies?

8) Radio Frequency And Antenna Concepts

Alexandra Gunther is a Product Marketing Manager at Aerohive Networks, where she helps define market strategy and vision for the cloud and WLAN products. She is a CWNA with a comprehensive background in wireless technology, including capacity and management planning, RF design, network implementation, and general industry knowledge.