What we know today as wireless, or Wi-Fi networking has evolved from the IEEE 802.11 publication of 1997. This standard called for wireless transmission rates of 1 and 2 megabits per second (Mbits/s) to be transmitted on the 2.4Ghz band. In 1999 the 802.11b amendment was published. This amendment called for wireless transmission speeds with a maximum transmission rate of 11 Mbits/s (Wikipedia, n.d.). This was the first version of wireless networking adopted by mainstream users and the business community.
Wireless networking gained more momentum and speed in 2003 when 802.11g was ratified. The G specification calls for maximum speeds of up to 54Mbits/s and is backwards compatible with 802.11b (Wikipedia, n.d.). The increasing speeds made wireless even more attractive to users. As a result businesses began to deploy more wireless networks. Today it is estimated that there are nearly110 million wireless notebooks in use (Khalil, 2004).
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