SUMMARY REPORT OF THE MARCH 2000 MEETING OF IEEE 802.11:
Our March 2000 meeting was held at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico, organized by our Executive Committee Executive Secretary, Buzz Rigsbee and his team of meeting organizers from Face-to-Face Meetings. Cabletron Systems and Nortel Networks provided the 802.11 network this time. We had the benefit of an Internet access thanks to the modem and Gateway brought by Tim Godfrey, and a local ISP account provided by Matthew Alspaugh.

MEETING SCHEDULE:

The next meeting of 802.11 and 802.15 will take place the week of May 8th-12th, at the Renaissance Madison Hotel, Seattle, WA, USA. See  IEEE 802.11 Meeting Plan for details.


WORK ON THE CORRIGENDUM OF 802.11B'S MIB:

During the January Meeting in Tel Aviv, "Task Group b-cor" addressed all comments and produced a new draft, D1.1. Carl Andren will translate the document into FrameMaker, and change the revision level to D2.0. As soon as the Sponsor Ballot Group is in place. we will start the Sponsor Ballot (after the March plenary meeting).  However before Draft 2.0 was finished additional changes were needed to correct the PICs for 802.11b.  The original PAR 802.11b-cor was amended to (802.11b-cor-1) and now includes both the MIB fixes and the additional work required to correct the 802.11b PICS section of  the document.  The amended PAR was resubmitted to ExCom for approval, and Draft 2.1 with both MIB and the renumbered PICS references will be submitted for re-circulation vote to 802.11 Working Group following the March meeting.


WORK ON UPDATE OF REGULATORY DOMAINS:

The Regulatory Extensions Task Group (TGd) of 802.11 met to complete processing the changes to our draft as a result of the working group letter ballot.  Our work included creating a PICS, completing the MIB, identifying the changes to the MAC state machines, and various other changes to the draft identified by commenters.  The task group completed the updates to the draft during our meeting and forwarded draft 1.6 to the full working group for a working group recirculation ballot to be conducted.  It is expected that the ballot will be completed in time to process any comments received at the May meeting.  The goal of the May meeting is to forward the draft to a sponsor group letter ballot.


NEW WORK ON ENHANCEMENTS OF 802.11 - FORMATION OF TGE AND TGF:

The two PARs that were submitted by the MAC Enhancements Study Group were approved by the Executive Committee, establishing two new task groups within 802.11. Task Group E, MAC Enhancements, will "enhance the 802.11 Medium Access Control (MAC) to improve and manage Quality of Service, provide classes of service, and enhanced security and authentication mechanisms." The chair is John Fakatselis. Task Group F, IAPP, will "develop recommended practices for an Inter-Access Point Protocol (IAPP) which provides the necessary capabilities to achieve multi-vendor Access Point interoperability across a Distribution System supporting IEEE P802.11 Wireless LAN Links." The chair is Dave Bagby.

The MAC Enhancements Task Group published a call for proposals at the January 2000 Interim. There were 11 papers presented at the March 2000 Plenary, which took the majority of the group's meeting time. Comments on the MAC enhancements PAR were received from Roger Marks, chair of 802.16. These comments were addressed to Roger's satisfaction by the group, and the PAR was amended. An ad-hoc working group was formed to update and expand document 2000/008, "MAC Enhancements Draft Requirements." Revision 3 of the document was published in the session's output documents. No papers or presentations were made on the subject of IAPP.


REGULATORY ACTIVITIES: 

The Ad Hoc Regulatory group reviewed proposed FCC rule changes. The CW Jammer Test rule change retains the current test, and allows the use of a separate calculation for systems having less than 10 chips/bit. IEEE 802.11 supports this change. The FCC proposes to use Gaussian noise test as an alternative to CW jammer test. IEEE 802.11 has indicated that the proposal is unclear. Parameters of the test must be clarified or abuse will result. The Wide Band Frequency Hopping proposal status was reviewed. IEEE 802.11 opposes this proposal. The Kodak "ETSI" proposal was reviewed. Clarification of some issues are needed before a position can be adopted.


NEW STUDY GROUP - HIGHER RATE EXTENSION TO 802.11B: 

The committee approved the formation of a Study Group (SG) Chaired by Mathew B. Shoemake,  to look at an extension to the 802.11b specification to increase the data rate above 20 Mbit/s, along with other improvements.


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