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Effect of WPA2 Security on IEEE 802.11n Bandwidth and Round Trip Time in Peer-Peer Wireless Local Area Networks

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Executive Summary

In this paper 802.11 wireless peer-peer network is evaluated for both IPv4 and IPv6 in Windows 7 and Fedora 12 operating systems. IPv4 has higher throughput than IPv6 for all packet sizes for both Windows 7 and Fedora 12 operating systems. Results further indicate that implementing WPA2 wireless security reduces bandwidth and increase delay in wireless networks. In wireless networking, the IEEE 802.11n is the most recent wireless standard, and defines how to design interoperable Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) equipment that provides a range of capabilities including effective data rates, quality of service, range optimization, reliability, network management and security.

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