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802.11a or HiperLAN2: Which Technology Will Emerge as the 5 GHz WLAN Standard?

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Executive Summary

Wireless networks are becoming increasingly common in homes and businesses alike. Buyers have realized the convenience that cordless networks offer. Prices have plummeted recently opening up the market to practically everyone. Currently, the first generation of Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) technology is here. It consists mainly of 2 protocols: IEEE 802.11b and HomeRF. The top speed available is currently 11 Mbps. The market has demanded higher speeds leading to a second generation of WLANs. These LANS operate in the 5 GHz range and run at speeds of up to 54 Mbps.

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