This year marks the 40th Anniversary of IEEE 802 and the global achievements of thousands of innovators whose leadership and participation in IEEE 802 working groups have paved the way for technological connectivity in how people live, work and communicate.    

Recognizing this milestone and the vast accomplishments of these innovations, we invite people from around the world to join us in advancing networking technologies for the benefit of humanity.


The founders of the IEEE Local Area Network Standards Committee (LMSC) began discussing standardization opportunities in 1979, submitting a project proposal "Local network for Computer Interconnection" through the IEEE Computer Society to the IEEE in August 1979 that was formally approved by the IEEE on 13 March 1980. Today, the IEEE 802 LMSC develops and maintains networking standards and recommended practices for local metropolitan, and other area networks using an open, consensus-driven standards development process, and advocates them on a global basis.    

Currently,  the IEEE 802 family of standards consists of  71 published standards with 54 under development.  The most widely used IEEE 802 standards are for Ethernet, Bridging and Virtual Bridged LANs Wireless LAN, Wireless PAN, Wireless MAN, Wireless Coexistence, Media Independent Handover Services, and Wireless RAN with a dedicated Working Group providing focus for each area.  

IEEE 802 also coordinates with other national and international standards bodies, including  ISO which has published certain IEEE 802 standards as international standards. Moreover, the IEEE 802 LMSC and working groups garner strong international participation with ongoing meetings and sessions being held throughout the world.


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IEEE 802.1™ Higher Layer LAN Protocols Working Group

The IEEE 802.1 Working Group is chartered to concern itself with and develop standards and recommended practices in the following areas: 802 LAN/MAN architecture, internetworking among 802 LANs, MANs and other wide area networks, 802 Security, 802 overall network management, and protocol layers above the MAC & LLC layers.

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IEEE 802.3™ Ethernet Working Group

The IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group (WG) is responsible for developing the Standard for Ethernet under the auspices of the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee (LMSC).

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IEEE 802.11™ Wireless LAN Working Group

IEEE 802.11 is a standards working group on wireless local area networks. The working group is a part of IEEE LMSC (LAN MAN Standards Committee) formerly called IEEE Project 802. IEEE LMSC reports to the Standards Activity Board (SAB) of the IEEE Computer Society.

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IEEE 802.15™ Wireless Specialty Networks (WSN) Working Group

The 802.15 Working Group (WG) on Wireless Specialty Networks (WSN) focuses on the development of open consensus standards addressing wireless networking for the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), allowing these devices to communicate and interoperate with one another, mobile devices, wearables; Optical Wireless Communications (OWC), Autonomous Vehicles, etc.

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IEEE 802.18™ Radio Regulatory TAG

The IEEE 802.18 Radio Regulatory Technical Advisory Group ("RR-TAG") supports the work of the IEEE 802 LMSC and the IEEE 802 wireless Working Groups - IEEE 802.11 (WLAN), IEEE 802.15 (WSN), IEEE 802.16 (WMAN), IEEE 802.20 (Wireless Mobility), IEEE 802.21 (Handoff/Interoperability Between Networks), and IEEE 802.22 (WRAN) - by actively monitoring and participating in radio regulatory matters worldwide as an advocate for IEEE 802.

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IEEE 802.19™ Wireless Coexistence Working Group

IEEE 802.19 develops standards for coexistence between wireless standards of unlicensed devices. IEEE 802.19 reviews coexistence assurance (CA) documents produced by working groups developing new wireless standards for unlicensed devices.

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IEEE 802.24™ Vertical Applications TAG

The IEEE 802.24 Vertical Applications Technical Advisory Group (TAG) focuses on application categories that use IEEE 802 technology and are of interest to multiple IEEE 802 WGs and have been assigned to IEEE 802.24 by the IEEE Executive Committee.

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