IEEE commits Wi-Fi refresh to standard
Rubber-stamp applied to 3.6 GHz kit, mesh, et al
Wi-Fi standards have received a refresh that formalizes various technologies developed in the last four years under the IEEE’s standards processes.
With the publication of 802.11-2012, the standards body brings better security, smoother cellular handoff, QoS, and mesh networking into the fold. It’s just the fourth major refresh of the standard since the 1990s.
One of the key changes to 802.11 now formalized is the 2008 amendment allowing systems to use the 3650 to 3700 MHz radio band. While regulation of this band isn’t uniform around the world, in America systems can operate at up to 20 watts, much higher than household Wi-Fi kit.
This spectrum targets longer-distance outdoor applications.
The IEEE also says the release includes specs covering vehicular Wi-Fi applications, improved radio resource management, and specs defining how unicast, broadcast and multicast communications are handled. ®
OMFG. 20W output....
what idiot rubber stamped this idea ??? and how much was he bribed to do it?
having a 20W signal blasting out of a monopole antenna is a disaster waiting to happen.
god help anyone living nearby to it, they are (to put it bluntly) FUK3d!!!
if 0.6W is enough to cause cancer what the hell will 20W do, (probably cook passing birds and insects)
Why not dump some harmonics on it of say 7-17hz place the mast at a major intersection and wait to see the accidents and fatalities from heart attacks, blackouts, and other associated neurological effects rack up within 500m.(it aint gonna be pretty)
im off to get more effin tinfoil before it sells out....
Re: OMFG. 20W output....
Pardon, but CB radios have been transmitting at 4W (it's part of the standard) for decades. And what about people who have to work around transmission towers, What about microwave ovens? Most tellys, and so on? And then there's the sun, which transmits throughout the EM spectrum, including in the radio bands. We basically get exposed to radio frequencies everyday, everywhere. Have been since before Marconi, so why worry now?
Re: "improved radio resource management"
But you're trying to establish a secure channel between two strangers. The only way you can do that is by a standardized form of communication. Otherwise, the initial link can't be established. Furthermore, since it's a standardized communication between two untrusted individuals, there's no way to detect a third stranger butting into the conversation at the very beginning, either by sniffing out the key (since the key exchange is necessarily standardized, what Bob need to read the key is also what Mallory needs to intercept it--they're one and the same) or by hijacking the initial communique and performing a Man-In-The-Middle attack.