Bandwidth Performance Testing of IEEE 802.11 Wireless Local Area Networks

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Executive Summary

The market for wireless communications has experienced incredible growth over recent years. Wireless Local Area Networks (Wireless LANs) have quickly found a significant place and popularity in business and the computer industry. The major benefit of wireless LANs is increased flexibility and mobility. This research investigated the effect of multiple security mechanisms on the performance of congested and un-congested networks. The effect of different TCP and UDP packet sizes on performance of secure networks was also studied. The results showed that WEP encryption significantly degrades the performance of wireless networks.

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