Provided by: International Journal of Advanced Networking and Applications (IJANA)
Date Added: Nov 2009
The IEEE 802.16 Wireless MAN (Metropolitan Area Network) is a broadband wireless access network, which provides high-rate network connections to stationary sites, operates over greater distances, provides more bandwidth, takes advantage of a broader range of frequencies and supports a greater variety of deployment architectures, including non-line-of-sight operation. The MAC protocol includes an initialization procedure designed to eliminate the need for manual configuration. Upon installation, a subscriber station begins scanning its frequency list to find an operating channel. It may be programmed to register with a specified base station.