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ECA ~ IEE 802.11b & BLUETOOTH AS WIRELESS NETWORKS
Oh what fun, this time no lovely course material to guide you through, now we were on our own!!
A company who currently had a 10mbps Ethernet cabled LAN were moving offices to a suite with no cabelling for a LAN. They want to look at the possibility of a wireless network and you have to write the report (2500 - 3000 words). The report was based on the advantages and disadvantages of IEEE 802.11b and Bluetooth as wireless solutions and whether you would recommend a wired, wireless or mixed wired/wireless LAN in the new suite.
The information on the web was ample to say the least, everybody I spoke to was having information overload. Eventually though we all had to decide what was accurate and relevant and what wasn't and submit our ECAs. This was the hardest part of the course because you were left on your own a lot more than previously, but ultimately the most satisfying. The report I eventually submitted was something I was proud of. It was also something I couldn't have done a few years ago or even, if I'm honest, at the beginning of the course. It proved how much I had learnt this year alone.
Just my Introduction, References and Bibliography this time as the Conclusion was a Conclusion and Recommendation and consequently contained quite a bit of detail.
Introduction submitted as part of my report.
The two standards being looked at in this report, as a solution for a wireless LAN, are IEEE 802.11b and Bluetooth. Although both use the same bandwidth and provide a wireless solution, they are not, in fact, as much in competition with each other as it would first seem. IEEE 802.11b has been designed as a wireless solution to enhance or replace wired LANs. It has also been developed to provide the same quality and reliability of service as Ethernet LANs. Bluetooth, on the other hand, is designed as a more mobile, global solution rather than a replacement for wired LANs. It is marketed on the basis that it integrates the office based LAN and the mobile workforce who need to stay in touch. They both have advantages and disadvantages so this report also looks at combining a wired Ethernet with a wireless IEEE 802.11b whilst incorporating Bluetooth enabled devices.
 Kaminski. Chris, "Wireless Ethernet Networking with 802.11b, an overview", 9th September 2002, available at: http://www.homenethelp.com/802.11b/index.asp
 MacDaid. Catahl, "Bluetooth & 802.11b", January 2002, available at:
 Microsoft Corporation, "IEEE 802.11 Technology", 12 June 2002, available at:
 Apple Computer, Inc., "Rendezvous Networking Simplified", visited 20th September 2002, available at: http://www.apple.com/macosx/jaguar/rendezvous.html
 Microsoft Corporation, "Bluetooth* Wireless Technologies", 3rd September 2002, available at: http://www.microsoft.com/hwdev/tech/network/bluetooth/default.asp
 Fleishman. Glenn, "802.11b Networking News", 18th June 2002, available at:
 Green. Chris, "Harnessing The Airwaves", 21st June 2002, available at:
 Proxim, White Paper, "What is a Wireless LAN", dated approx 1998, available at:
 Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance, "WEP Security Statement", 7 September 2001*, available at: http://www.wirelessethernet.org/pdf/20011015_WEP_Security.pdf
 Braw-Ecos, M., "Networking gets personal", IEE Review, January 2002, pp 32-36
 Franklin. Curt, "How Bluetooth Works", visited 20th August 2002, available at: http://www.howstuffworks.com/bluetooth3.htm
 Xydis Ph D. Thomas G., Blake-Wilson. Simon, Bluetooth Security Experts Group, "Security Comparison: Bluetooth TM Communications vs. 802.11b", 1st February 2002, available at: http://www.bluetooth.com/upload/14Bluetooth_Wifi_Security.pdf
*I think the date of 2001 on this paper may be incorrect and should in fact read 2002 but I have not been able to verify this.
Angelo. Mike, "Getting Started with Wireless Network Technology", 28th January 2002, available at: http://www.mozillaquest.com/indexes/Netwrok_index.html
Jackson. Peter, Westbrook. Tony, PC Magazine, "The freedom of wireless", September 2002.
Kharia. Manpreet S, Ephi Zehavi. Ephi, "Bluetooth can coexist with 802.11",
26th February 2001, available at: http://www.planetanalog.com/features/OEG20010226S0036
PC Pro, "Wireless Networking: Are you still wired?", October 2002, also available at: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/front_index.php?ip=1&page=features%2Ffeatures_story.php%3Fid%3D31184
Phifer. Lisa, "Wireless LAN Primer", 5th February 2001, available at:
Trivedi. Anand, "Wireless Local Area Network IEE 802.11", visited 21/08/2002, available at: http://alpha.fdu.edu/~anandt/introduction.html
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