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Wi-Mesh Alliance to present proposal to IEEE 802.11 Task Group S

Nortel Networks and other members of the Wi-Mesh Alliance will present a proposal for a new global mesh WLAN standa...


July 19, 2005  


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Nortel Networks and other members of the Wi-Mesh Alliance will present a proposal for a new global mesh WLAN standard later today to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) 802.11 Task Group S meeting on wireless mesh in San Francisco.

The proposal was developed under the guidelines of the IEEE Standards Association. It builds on existing and pending 802.11 protocols to maximize technology re-use and compatibility.

“The ever expanding proliferation of wireless devices and communication services has made the development of a worldwide standard for mesh WLANs critical to their future success,” said Mark Whitton, vice president of wireless solutions at Nortel.

“Wireless users expect secure seamless access anywhere, anytime, and the new standard proposed by the Alliance is designed to enable mesh WLANs to meet those expectations as wireless communications continue to evolve."

Mesh technology provides a cost-effective way to extend WLAN coverage for businesses and consumers, both indoors and outdoors throughout large areas like cities, campuses, shopping malls and airports.

The Wi-Mesh Alliance proposal’s design intent is to be extensible with the future 802.11n high throughput amendment.

This approach will provide support for the existing worldwide Wi-Fi network installed base, while extending Wi-Fi network deployments within designated radio frequency (RF) spectrum, it said.


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