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IEEE Preps Wi-Mesh 802.11s Standard

Posted: 21st Jul, 2005 By: MarkJ
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has begun discussions on the latest wireless standard - Wi-Mesh (802.11s). The idea is to build upon existing Wi-Fi, while improving coverage:

Wi-Mesh is designed to extend the reach of Wi-Fi networks indoors and outdoors over long distances by letting multiple access points carry each others' traffic.

While Wi-Fi hotspots need a direct connection to the internet, mesh networks pass the data request on until a network connection is found.

The IEEE will also have to consider how to integrate other complementary and associated standards such as Wi-Max and 802.11n into its Wi-Mesh specifications.


Wonderful, yet another wireless standard to help confuse an already crowded industry of differing technologies.

Having said that, an official MESH based Wi-Fi technology could go a long way to solving the last mile of broadband coverage, but isn't that said about every new standard? More @ VNUNet.
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