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Chapter 1: Introducing Wireless Networking - Pg. 1

CHAPTER 1 Introducing Wireless Networking Development of Wireless Networking Although the origins of radio frequency based wireless networking can be traced back to the University of Hawaii's ALOHANET research project in the 1970s, the key events that led to wireless networking becoming one of the fastest growing technologies of the early 21st century have been the ratification of the IEEE 802.11 standard in 1997, and the subsequent development of interoperability certification by the Wi-Fi Alliance (formerly WECA). From the 1970s through the early 1990s, the growing demand for wireless connectivity could only be met by a narrow range of expensive hardware, based on proprietary technologies, which offered no