Background Reading on 802.11

Important The Native 802.11 Wireless LAN interface is deprecated in Windows 10 and later. Please use the WLAN Device Driver Interface (WDI) instead. For more information about WDI, see WLAN Universal Windows driver model.

Developers of Native 802.11 miniport drivers and services should be familiar with the following specifications:

IEEE 802.11 Documents

  • IEEE Standard 802.11-1999, Part 11: Wireless LAN Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications, IEEE, 1999.

  • IEEE Standard 802.11a-1999, Part 11: Wireless LAN Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications - High-speed Physical Layer in the 5 GHz Band, IEEE, 1999.

  • Status of Project IEEE 802.11ac

  • IEEE Standard 802.11b-1999, Part 11: Wireless LAN Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications - Higher-speed Physical Layer Extension in the 2.4 GHz Band, IEEE, 1999.

  • IEEE Standard 802.11b-1999/Cor 1-2001, Part 11: Wireless LAN Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications - Amendment 2: Higher-speed Physical Layer (PHY) extension in the 2.4 GHz band--Corrigendum 1, IEEE, 2001.

  • IEEE Standard 802.11d-2001, Part 11: Wireless LAN Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) specifications - Amendment 3: Specification for operation in additional regulatory domains, IEEE, 2001.

  • IEEE Standard 802.11e, Part 11: Wireless Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications: Medium Access Control (MAC) Quality of Service(QoS) Enhancements, IEEE, 2005.

  • IEEE Standard 802.11g-2003, Part 11: Wireless LAN Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications - Amendment 4: Further Higher Data Rate Extension in the 2.4 GHz Band, IEEE, 2003.

  • IEEE Standard 802.11h-2003, Part 11: Wireless LAN Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications - Amendment 5: Spectrum and Transmit Power Management Extensions in the 5 GHz band in Europe, IEEE, 2003.

  • IEEE Standard 802.11i-2004, Part 11: Wireless Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications - Amendment 6: Medium Access Control (MAC) Security Enhancements, IEEE, 2004.

  • IEEE Standard 802.11n-2009, Part 11: Wireless LAN Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications - Amendment 5: Enhancements for Higher Throughput, IEEE, 2009.

  • IEEE Document 802.11-03-504r7, IEEE P802.11 Wireless LANs: Wireless Multimedia Enhancements (WMM), IEEE, 2004.

IEEE 802.1 Documents

  • IEEE Standard 802.1H-1997, Part 5: Media Access Control (MAC) Bridging of Ethernet V2.0 in Local Area Networks, IEEE, 1997.

  • IEEE Standard 802.1Q-1998, IEEE Standards for Local and Metropolitan Area Networks: Virtual Bridged Local Area Networks, IEEE, 1998.

  • IEEE Standard 802.1X-2001, IEEE Standard for Local and Metropolitan Area Networks: Port Based Network Access Control, IEEE, 2001

Wi-Fi Alliance Documents

  • Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), Version 2.0, Wi-Fi Alliance, 2003.

FIPS Documents

  • Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), FIPS PUB 197, 2001.

IETF RFC Documents

  • A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams over IEEE 802 Networks, IETF RFC 1042, 1988.

  • Microsoft Vendor-specific RADIUS Attributes, IETF RFC 2548, 1999.

  • IEEE 802.1X Remote Authentication Dial In User Service (RADIUS) Usage Guidelines, IETF RFC 3580, 2003.

  • Counter with CBC-MAC (CCM), IETF RFC 3610, 2003.