A comparison of HIPERLAN/2 and IEEE 802.11a physical and MAC layers

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At present, wireless local area networks (WLANs) supporting broadband multimedia communication are being developed and standardized. Two such standards are HIPERLAN/2, defined by ETSI BRAN and the IEEE's 802.11a. These WLAN standards will provide data rates up to 54 Mbps (in a channel spacing of 20 MHz) in the 5.2 GHz band. In this paper, an overview of the the standards is presented together with software simulated physical layer performance results for each of the transmission modes defined in the two standards. Furthermore, the differences between the standards (protocol data unit-PDU-size, upper protocol layers etc.) and the effects on applications are discussed
Translated title of the contributionA Comparison of HIPERLAN/2 and IEEE 802.11a Physical and MAC layers
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE Symposium of Communications and Vehicular Technology (SCVT 2000), Leuven, Belgium
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages14 - 20
ISBN (Print)0780366840
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2000
EventSymposium on Communications and Vehicular Technology, 2000 - Leuven, Belgium
Duration: 1 Oct 2000 → …


ConferenceSymposium on Communications and Vehicular Technology, 2000
Period1/10/00 → …

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  • IEEE 802.11
  • Wireless LANs,
  • OFDM

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