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Lab 5.2 Exploring protocols for wireless networking

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Jason Murray Richard Davis ITNW 1325 Fundamentals of Networking 10/14/2010 Lab 5.2 Exploring protocols for wireless networking Some of the primary functions of the 802.11 MAC include: 1. Scanning: Both passive and active 2. Authentication: This is the process of proving identity, either by open system authentication or shared key authentication. 3. Association: Association is necessary to synchronize the NIC and access point with important information, such as supported data rates. 4. WEP: With this option enabled, the wireless NIC will encrypt the body instead of the header of each frame before transmission using a common key, and the receiving station will decrypt the frame upon
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Unformatted text preview: receipt using the common key. 5. RTS/CTS: These acronyms stand for “request to send” and “clear to send”, and allows the access point to control use of the medium for stations activating RTS/CTS. 6. Power Save Mode: This option can by turned on or off by the user and allows the NIC to conserve battery power when it isn’t in use. This feature is primarily used for laptops. 7. Fragmentation: This function enables an 802.11 station to divide data packets into smaller frames....
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