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An evaluation of the performance of IEEE 802.11a and 802.11g wireless local area networks in a corporate office environment

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE International Conference on Communications, 2003 (ICC '03)
Publisher or commissioning bodyInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages1196 - 1200
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)0780378024
StatePublished - May 2003
EventInternational Conference on Communications (ICC) - Anchorage, Alaska, United States


ConferenceInternational Conference on Communications (ICC)
CountryUnited States
CityAnchorage, Alaska
Period1/05/03 → …


In recent years there has been considerable interest in the development of standards for wireless local area networks. In particular, IEEE's 802.11a and 802.11g both employ coded orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (COFDM) but operate in different frequency bands. In this paper, the performance and relative merits of 802.11a and 802.11g are compared for the scenario of a corporate office wireless LAN application. It is shown that for comparable scenarios 802.11g achieves superior range but that 802.11a achieves higher data rates. Thus the two standards are found to have complimentary strengths and weaknesses

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    Research areas

  • IEEE 802.11a, 802.11g, wireless local area networks, wireless LAN


International Conference on Communications (ICC)

Duration1 May 2003 → …
CityAnchorage, Alaska
CountryUnited States

Event: Conference

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