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This Week In Wireless – 802.11-2020

New IEEE-802.11 Standard

The IEEE published, on February 26th, a new version of the IEEE 802.11 standards. It is called IEEE-802.11-2020. Did you get your copy yet?

But take note: 802.11ax didn’t make it to this version – womp womp.

You can buy it here if you cannot wait:

Here is the timeline of the 802.11 group:

Wi-Fi Awards

They have announced the 2021 winners:

  • 2021 Company Leadership of the Year: Mist Systems, a Juniper Company
  • Product of the Year: Ekahau Analyzer
  • Innovation of the Year: WLAN Pi
  • Rookie of the year: Gjermund Raaen
  • 2021 Content Contribution of the Year: Rowell Dionicio
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Peter Mackenzie

Check out all the winners here:

For all the award finalists, check them out here:

News from the WLA

The Wireless LAN Association published a standardized framework for WLAN standards this week.

Here is the link:

They are working on 4 standards documents:

  • Red book: Define
  • Blue book: Design
  • Grey book: Deploy
  • Green book: Diagnose Validate

What are your thoughts?

News from the Wi-Fi Alliance

The Wi-Fi Alliance has been announcing a few things since the beginning of the year:

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Vantage: Wi-Fi Alliance certification problem that improves mobility and allows users to experience more consistent connections while roaming within and across networks by reducing airtime overhead and enabling faster authentication to the selected access point.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Vantage is composed of the following certifications:

  • Wi-Fi 5 or 6
  • Passpoint
  • Wi-Fi Agile Multiband
  • Wi-Fi Optimized Connectivity (the new kid on the block)

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Optimized Connectivity: improves mobility and allows users to experience more consistent connections while roaming within and across Wi-Fi® networks, and between Wi-Fi and cellular networks.


Technical document:

FILS: Fast Initial Link Setup (802.11ai)

OCE: Optimized Connectivity Experience

You can use the product finder to see which devices supports it today:

Winner of our CWISA Contest

Congrats to Brent Bischoff for winning the CWISA voucher!

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Rowell, CWNE #210, is a network engineer in Higher-Ed. He enjoys working with wireless networking technologies and loves to share and engage with the community. You can connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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