IEEE and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) have announced the availability of the IEEE 802.1Qbz Standard for Local and Metropolitan Area Networks—Bridges and Bridged Networks Amendment: Enhancements to Bridging of IEEE 802.11 Media. The new standard specifies protocols, procedures, and managed objects for IEEE 802.11 media to provide internal connections within bridged networks, as well as access to bridged networks.
According to the IEEE-SA, "A number of new products, including home entertainment systems and industrial control equipment, are enabled with both IEEE 802.11 wireless station capability and wired IEEE 802.3 Ethernet capability. IEEE 802.1Qbz meets a growing demand to incorporate IEEE 802.11 media at the same level as other media supported by bridges, both as a medium internal to the network and as a medium offering access to the network."
“IEEE 802.1Qbz demonstrates our commitment to stay abreast of industry needs and respond quickly to ensure technology standards continue to meet evolving networking challenges,” said Norm Finn, editor of IEEE 802.1Qbz. “Enabling IEEE 802.11 on par with other media within bridged networks offers greater and more flexible options for overcoming connectivity issues and ensuring the highest degree of reliability for devices operating on a network.”
IEEE 802.1Qbz is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.
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