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The US Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers has approved Wi-Fi security specification 802.11i as a standard.

Wi-Fi products establish wireless local area networks that allow devices to transmit and receive data within a range of 150 feet. Previous security measures, such as Wired Equivalent Privacy, were easily broken by hackers, leaving many wary about wireless networking. The 802.11i standard encrypts data sent along wireless networks to protect it.

It uses Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), a strong encryption standard supporting 128-bit, 192-bit and 256-bit keys. Intel’s Centrino bundle of chips will begin to incorporate the 802.11i standard certification by the Wi-Fi Alliance.The US Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers has approved Wi-Fi security specification 802.11i as a standard.

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