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Nortel works with Wi-Mesh alliance to standardize WLAN worldwide

Posted: 21 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wi-mesh? mesh wlan? wireless communication device?

Nortel and other members of the Wi-Mesh Alliance are working together to help standardize mesh WLAN around the world to promote interoperability of a wide range of wireless communication devices and services.

As a result of extensive technical collaboration with its partners, the Wi-Mesh Alliance has presented a proposal for a new global mesh WLAN standard to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) 802.11 Task Group S (TGs) meeting on wireless mesh in San Francisco.

The Wi-Mesh Alliance is a group of companies with a common view toward rapidly achieving a mesh WLAN standard that will enable seamless communications for wireless users regardless of equipment vendor. The alliance proposal was developed under the guidelines of the IEEE Standards Association. It builds on existing and pending 802.11 protocols to maximize technology re-use and compatibility.

Mark Whitton, VP, wireless solutions, Nortel, said, "Wireless users expect secure seamless access anywhere, anytime, and the new standard proposed by the alliance is designed to enable mesh WLANs to meet those expectations as wireless communications continue to evolve."

The alliance is comprised of Accton Technology Corp., ComNets RWTH Aachen University, InterDigital Communications Corp., NextHop Technologies Inc. and Nortel, Thomson.

The Wi-Mesh Alliance proposal's design intent is to be extensible with the future 802.11n high throughput amendment. The approach is expected to provide support for the existing worldwide Wi-Fi network installed base, while extending Wi-Fi network deployments within designated RF spectrum.

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