The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has finally approved the much awaited roaming Wi-Fi standard, IEEE 802.11r, which primarily aims to allow the Wi-Fi enabled devices to roam amid the WLAN access points.
The service would help in sprucing up the voice over internet protocol (VoIP) enabled services, as swapping from one access point to other takes considerable time, with the existing protocols, thereby embarking quality and security issues for the users.
The new standard, also known as Fast Basic Service Set Transition, would substantially help in maintaining the quality of reception of services, when a user switches to a new access point, as it takes less than 50 milliseconds for enabling the security authentication of the service, during the course of switching over.
Rob Bamforth, principal analyst from Quocirca, has opined that the new addition wouldn’t create any quick impact over the industry; however, he upheld the relevance of the standardization in future of communications.
“This kind of standard is likely to be seen as big comfort blanket by enterprise-scale users”, he added, but the primary concern lies in the amount of time vendors will take in introducing products based on new standards.