Wireless Configuration

Terms and Abbreviations

When it comes to Wireless Configuration the terms and abbreviations can be a little daunting for some people. Here we will try to explain the lingo so you can understand the configuration changes you are making to your wireless device.

AP          Access Point

AES        Advanced Encryption Standard

ARK        Automatic Retransmission Queing

CPE        Customer Premise Equipment

dB           Decibel

dBm       dB milliWatt

dBd        dB Dipole

dB           dB Isotropic

DSSS      Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum

EAP        Extensible Authentication Protocol

EMI        Electro Magnetic Interference

ERP        Effective Radiated Power

EIRP       Effective Isotropic Radiated Power

FDM      Frequency Division Muliplexing

FHSS      Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum

FSL         Free Space Loss

ISP          Internet Service Provider

IEEE        Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

IETF        Internet Engineering Task Force

IF            Intermediate Frequency

LAN        Local Area Network

LEAP      Lightweight EAP

LOS        Line of Sight

MP         Multipath Propagation

NLOS     Near LOS

NON-LOS             Non-LOS

ODU      Outdoor Unit

OFDM   Orthogonal FDM (used in 802.11g)

OLOS     Obstructed LOS

PEAP     Protected EAP

POE        Power Over Ethernet

POP       Point of Presence

PSK        Pre Shared Key

PtP         Point to Point

PtMP     Point to Multi Point

RADIUS Remote Access Dial-In User Service

SOM      System Operating Margin

SSID       Service Set Identifier (unique 32-bit identifier)

TDD        Time Division Duplex

TKIP       Temporal Key Integrity Protocol

TLS         Transport Layer Security

TTLS       Tunneled TLS

UNII       Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure

VLAN     Virtual LAN

VPN       Virtual Private Network

WEP       Wireless Equivalency Privacy

Wi-Fi      Wireless Fidelity

WISP     Wireless ISP

WIPOP  Wireless POP

WLAN   Wireless LAN

WPA      Wi-Fi Protected Access

WS         Wireless Station

802.xx   Wireless LAN Standards developed by IEEE (802.11b,g,etc.)

802.11a 5 GHz, OFDM, 54 Mbps (most radios do 4.9GHz through 6.1GHz)

802.11e Polling, QoS, Hidden node support

802.11g 2.4 GHz OFDM, 54 Mbps (radios do 2.3GHz thru 2.6GHz)

802.11h 5 GHz Extension for Europe auto frequency and power control

802.11j  4.9 GHz Extension for Japan (may apply to USA public safety)

802.11k Radio Resource Measurement Extensions

802.11m               Maintenance and Management Extensions

802.11n MIMO Extensions (of 12, 24, 48, 96 and 216 Mbps 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

WPA2    Wi-Fi Hot Spot Extensions

WME     Wi-Fi Multimedia Extensions