High-performance radio local area network definition
A high-performance radio local area network (HiperLAN) is a wireless network that offers quick data transmission within a specific area. Developed in the 1990s, HiperLAN aimed to deliver high speeds and reliable connections in workplaces. It uses radio technology to allow devices to communicate wirelessly, making data exchange very efficient.
See also: wireless local area network
History of HiperLAN
HiperLAN emerged in the 1990s as a European initiative to establish a wireless local area networking standard. The goal was to provide high-speed wireless connectivity for businesses and organizations. HiperLAN isn’t used as much anymore since Wi-Fi has taken its place.
How HiperLAN works
- Devices in the HiperLAN system use radio signals (similar to how a car radio works) to send and receive data.
- HiperLAN systems use specific frequencies to avoid interference from other wireless devices.
- Access points (or APs) act like signal boosters. They help devices connect to the HiperLAN and ensure the signal travels well.
- The physical layer of HiperLAN deals with sending and receiving data and sets the transmission rules.
- Link adaptation helps the access point (the central hub) communicate with devices in both directions (sending and receiving data). It also includes special rules (algorithms) to adjust how data is sent based on the current conditions of the network. This way, it can work well for different devices and situations.
- Data link control makes sure data is sent correctly and without errors. It manages how data is sent between devices.
- The convergence layer helps different data types, like voice, video, and regular information, work together on the same wireless network. This way, everything can be sent efficiently.