WLAN RF Architecture Primer: Single-Channel and Adaptive Multi-Channel Models

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Executive Summary

This paper examines one of the questions central to the technology debate: the advantages and disadvantages of the single-channel RF architecture when compared to the adaptive, cellular-like alternative. The RF model is a significant aspect of WLAN architectures, and as it shall show, the initial selection of a single-channel model drives significant consequences, both good and bad. This paper compares the two models in technical detail, allowing the reader to follow the science behind marketing claims, and develop an informed and objective opinion of the merits of vendors' solutions.

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