802.11r officially published after four years in the works

The IEEE standards body has officially published the Wi-Fi protocol 802.11r.

It has been in the works since 2004 and was finally approved by the body earlier this year.

The new protocol is designed to allow for quick roaming between access points while maintaining security.

Handoffs between access points that used to take seconds (and result in dropped calls) can now take place in less than fifty milliseconds.

This improves connections between multiple private networks but is particularly beneficial to Wireless VoIP.

Many believe that the publication of this standard will increase the widespread use of VoIP-on-the-go.

Other, however, say that the cost of deploying 802.11 routers will prevent 802.11r from being useful as anything but an enterprise solution.

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