RSP: Development of an 802.11 MAC

In the growing world of ubiquitous networking, people often take for granted that interoperability exists between their network devices and the networks they are connecting to. Consortium vendors and international standards bodies are formed to establish standards on how devices should behave if they wish to communicate with each other. However, verifying conformance to these standards is no trivial task. The RSP was developed to add to the Wireless LAN Consortium's testing capabilities. The RSP has the capability of reacting to wireless traffic in a manner that tests a device's handling of uncommon, but very important conditions. The RSP Consists of an 802.11 MAC'less card from Intersil, interfaced to an Altera programmable logic device, which in turn communicates with a PC through a USB microcontroller.

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