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A Report on Current Advancements in Integration of IEEE 802.16 and IEEE 802.11 Networks

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Executive Summary

IEEE 802.11 and IEEE 802.16 are two technologies that can provide high data rates, but they both have restrictions on their coverage area. The fact that 802.11 is only able to cover a limited area while 802.16 provides network access to a much larger area but fails in indoor environments makes it clear that none of them meets the need for ubiquitous networks, alone. However, this is an indication of that 802.16 and 802.11 can actually be integrated for building such networks. This paper investigates advancements in integration of two complementary wireless access technologies, IEEE 802.16 and IEEE 802.11.

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