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Glossary of Terms / Accronym Guide

802.xx
Wireless LAN Standards developed by IEEE (802.11b,g,etc.)
802.11a
5GHz, OFDM, 54Mbps (most radios cover 4.9-6.1GHz)
802.11b
2.4GHz, DSSS, 11Mbps (3 non overlapping channels 1, 6, 11 primarily used in WLANs)
802.11g
2.4GHz, OFDM + DSSS,54Mbps to 11Mbps (802.11g is a subset of 802.11b and is primarily used in WLANs)
802.11h
5GHz extension for Europe auto frequency and power control
802.11j
4.9GHz extension for Japan (may eventually apply to USA public safety)
802.11k
Radio Resource Measurement Extensions
802.11m
Maintenance and Management Extensions
802.11n
MIMO Extensions (12, 24, 48, 96 and 216Mbps in 40MHz bandwidth)
802.11p
WAVE - Moving Vehicle Extensions
802.11r
Advanced Roaming and Context Transfer
802.11s
Mesh Extensions
802.11t
Wireless Performance Predictions
802.11x
Authentication and Encryption
AP
Access Point
AES
Advanced Encryption Standard
ARK
Automatic Retransmission Queing
BRIDGE
Streakwave defines as a "link" between two locations (also used as a reference to a client device)
CPE
Customer Premise Equipment
dB
Deci"B"el - the difference or ratio between two signals, used to describe effect of devices on signal strength
dBm
dB MilliWat - the basic reference to the measurement of power in RF (ex: 0dBm = 1mW of power)
dBd
dB Dipole
dBi
The gain of an antenna relative to an isotropic radiator, used in calculating ERP and range
DSSS
Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum - a tpye of moduclation used in standards based (802.11b/g) radios
EAP
Extensible Authentication Protocol (security for AP's)
EMI
Electro Magnetic Interference
ERP
Effective Radiated Power, also known as EIRP Effective "Immediated" Radiated Power or your total power output
FDM
Frequency Division Mulitplexing
FHSS
Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (Normally used in lower data rate radios)
FSL
Free Space Loss (Amount of loss in dB that a signal looses traveling through the air)
HotSpot
Wireless Local Area Network w/ open access but may require login or payment to gain access to the internet
ISP
Internet Service Provider
IEEE
Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers
IF
Intermediate Frequency
LAN
Local Area Network
LEAP
Lightweight Extensible Authenticaton Protocol
LOS
Line of Site (required in wireless point to point links in frequencies above 900MHz sold by Streakwave)
MP
Multipath Propigation
NLOS
Near Line of Site
NON-LOS
Non Line of Site
ODU
Outdoor Unit
OFDM
Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex (used in 802.11g higher data rates)
OLOS
Obstructed Line of Site (term rarely used)
PEAP
Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol
POE
Power Over Ethernet
POP
Point of Precence
PSK
Pre-Shared Key
PTP
Point to Point
PTMP
Point to Multipoint
RADIUS
Remote Access Dial In User Service (Authentication Method)
SOM
System Operating Margin (single most important ascpect of a wireless link)
SSID
Set Service Identifier (name for a wireless network, unique 32bit identifier)
TDD
Time Division Duplex
TKIP
Temporal Key Integrity Protocol
TLS
Transport Layer Security
TTLS
Tunneled Transport Layer Security
UNII
Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure
VLAN
Virtual Local Area Network
VPN
Virtual Private Network
WEP
Wireless Equivalency Privacy (32bit, 64bit and 128bit are the normal versions)
Wi-Fi
Wireless Fidelity (set of standards guarantees access between non branded procducts)
WISP
Wireless Internet Service Provider
WIPOP
Wireless Point of Presence
WLAN
Wireless Local Area Network
WME
Wi-Fi Multi-Media Extensions
WPA
Wi-Fi Protected Access
WPA2
Wi-Fi Protected Access "2" (extra set of extensions in standard - FIPS 140-2)