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Wireless Mesh Standard Proposal On Tap

The vendor group is presenting its would-be spec, which is compatible with Wi Fi, to the IEEE.

A vendor group is expected to release later today a proposed specification to standardize wireless mesh networks.

Mesh networks cover large geographic areas ranging from enterprise and university campuses to metropolitan areas and are based on 802.11, or Wi-Fi, technology. However, while standard Wi-Fi is standardized, mesh technology isn't.

The group, the Wi-Mesh Alliance, said Tuesday it will issue its proposal to the IEEE 802.11 Task Group S, which is meeting in San Francisco to discuss a possible mesh standard.

"The ever expanding proliferation of wireless devices and communication services has made the development of a worldwide standard for mesh WLANs critical to their future success," Mark Whitton, Nortel's vice president of wireless solutions, said in a statement. "Wireless users expect secure seamless access anywhere, anytime, and the new standard proposed by the Alliance is designed to enable mesh WLANs to meet those expectations as wireless communications continue to evolve."

The group said that the proposal is designed to work with current Wi-Fi standards as well as 802.11n, the still-evolving next-generation standard for Wi-Fi. Besides Nortel, other members of the alliance include Philips, Thomson, InterDigital and NextHop.

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