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802.11a

A fast wireless networking technology, which transmits data at a maximum of 54 megabits per second. Also called Wi-Fi5. Wi-Fi5 is, as you might have guessed, about five times as fast as Wi-Fi equipment. 802.11a wireless networks use the less-crowded 5GHz band, and therefore are less prone to interference from home electronics.



802.11b

The most popular wireless networking standard, transferring data at up to 11 megabits per second. Also called Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity). This networking technology communicates over the unlicensed, 2.4-GHz radio band. 802.11b networks share the band with other home electronics including cordless phones and microwaves.




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