IEEE 802 commities

802 Nov 21, 2010

The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is a group that produced standards in many fields and industries.

The mission statement;

IEEE’s core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

The vision statement;

IEEE will be essential to the global technical community and to technical professionals everywhere, and be universally recognized for the contributions of technology and of technical professionals in improving global conditions.

The IEEE is engaged in an enterprise-wide strategic planning process. A summary of the long-range strategic plan, termed the IEEE Envisioned Future, details the main elements of the plan.

One of  these IEEE committees is the 802, these deal with LAN and MAN (the reason for mention in my blog). A number of working groups exist under 802, some of which I am sure you will recognise and other not so much (table below). The reason I bring this body up is to understand how a technology/feature works it is of great benefit to read the standard that its based on (be that IEEE or RFC’s), and of course half the battle is to locate the standards. Once you truly understand the subject you can better understand reasons for vendors interpretation and implementation (including’enhancements’).

IEEE 802.1Bridging (networking) and Network Management
IEEE 802.2Logical link controlinactive
IEEE 802.3Ethernet
IEEE 802.4Token busdisbanded
IEEE 802.5Defines the MAC layer for a Token Ringinactive
IEEE 802.6Metropolitan Area Networksdisbanded
IEEE 802.7Broadband LAN using Coaxial Cabledisbanded
IEEE 802.8Fiber Optic TAGdisbanded
IEEE 802.9Integrated Services LANdisbanded
IEEE 802.10Interoperable LAN Securitydisbanded
IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/nWireless LAN (WLAN) & Mesh (Wi-Fi certification)
IEEE 802.12demand prioritydisbanded
IEEE 802.13Used for 100BASE-X Ethernet
IEEE 802.14Cable modemsdisbanded
IEEE 802.15Wireless PAN
IEEE 802.15.1Bluetooth certification
IEEE 802.15.2IEEE 802.15 and IEEE 802.11 coexistence
IEEE 802.15.3High-Rate WPAN certification
IEEE 802.15.4Low-rate WPAN certification
IEEE 802.15.5Mesh networking for WPAN
IEEE 802.16Broadband Wireless Access (WiMAX certification)
IEEE 802.16.1Local Multipoint Distribution Service
IEEE 802.17Resilient packet ring
IEEE 802.18Radio Regulatory TAG
IEEE 802.19Coexistence TAG
IEEE 802.20Mobile Broadband Wireless Access
IEEE 802.21Media Independent Handoff
IEEE 802.22Wireless Regional Area Network
IEEE 802.23Emergency Services Working GroupNew (March, 2010)
To view and download the standards in PDF visit the IEEE website at [](


Rob Edwards

Northern (UK) chap focusing on platforms, automation, cloud and cloud native applications. Recovering network engineer, although it turns out networking is as important, if not more, now than before!