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IT network managers 'unaware of standards'

Wireless local area networks (Wlans) may be on the up and up, but it appears many managers don't know enough about relevant...

Wireless local area networks (Wlans) may be on the up and up, but it appears many managers don't know enough about relevant standards.

Some 50 per cent of IT network managers who use Wlans admitted they were 'unaware of the standard' their Wlan conformed to, according to research by network product supplier Black Box Network Services. While 802.11 and 802.11 were found to be the most widely adopted standards, and cited by 20 per cent of respondents, 70 per cent were undecided about what standards they should adopt. Only 4 per cent plumped for 802.11, and just 12 per cent planned to upgrade to 802.11b once UK standards are ratified .

When asked about their Bluetooth plans most respondents professed ignorance about its capabilities, with just 21 per cent of those planning Wlan implementations saying they will evaluate Bluetooth products.

The survey indicates that more Wlan based applications will have to come onto the market before many network managers will take up the technology. Some 137 network managers were polled on behalf of Black Box by Opus Group Research.

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