WLANs Mired in Standards Struggle

Vendor politics and the complexity of the proposed standard will likely prevent the completion of an open protocol in the near future.

April 8, 2005

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The debate has resurfaced, both in the IETF's CAPWAP (control and provisioning of wireless access points) working group and at major system vendors. Airespace, Aruba, Cisco, D-Link, Netgear and Trapeze Networks all are working to extend the AP-to-controller connection across multiple systems, but with WLAN switch architectures so disparate, it'll be some time before we see an open standard. That's a shame, because without a standard, users will continue to be locked in to a single vendor for both APs and controllers.

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