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The infrared physical layer of the IEEE 802.11 standard for wireless local area networks

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The new IEEE 802.11 standard for wireless local area networks defines a specification for an infrared physical layer. This article gives an overview of infrared technology and describes the IEEE 802.11 specification in detail, presenting a historical perspective of its development. The infrared physical layer was designed for diffuse systems supporting two data rates (1 and 2 Mb/s) and includes provisions for a smooth migration to higher data rates. The specification is suitable for low-cost transceivers but allows interoperability with higher-performance systems. The main application envisaged for IEEE 802.11 infrared wireless local area networks is ad hoc networks

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Communications Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:36 ,  Issue: 12 )