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Wireless MAN / WiMAX (802.16/16a)



Technology Summary

WiMAX isn't really a wireless LAN technology, but a family of long-distance wireless standards intended for "last mile", wireless ISP and backhaul applications.

802.16-2004 is a released standard, addressing fixed wireless systems. The mobile version, 802.16e has also been approved for release and is scheduled to be published in February 2006.

The WiMax Forum is the compatibility and interoperability certification industry group that is the equivalent of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Recommendation: Interesting if you're running a wireless ISP. But otherwise, leave this stuff to the enterprise guys.

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