The Working Group for WLAN Standards

Upcoming session

2024 July IEEE 802 Plenary Session July 14-19, 2024 Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel Montreal, Canada Register to attend (in-person or remote) The tentative agenda for 802.11 is here

The meetings between now and the upcoming session will be held by teleconference.

Working group ballots and comment collections

None at present.

IEEE SA ballots

The 1st recirculation SA ballot for P802.11bh/D5.0 opened on July 3, 2024 and closes on July 13, 2024.

If you are in the ballot pool, then submit your vote and comments using MyProject.

Recent activities

A report summarizing our work at the May 12-17, 2024 interim session is available.

The newly formed AI/ML standing committee and TGbp (Ambient Power for IoT Devices) held their first meetings.

At the working group level, we

  • Confirmed the subgroup officers.
  • Approved sending a request to the 802 LMSC for formation of an Enhanced Light Communications study group
  • Approved a new revision PAR for consideration by the 802 LMSC. The revision project is expected to start immediately following the completion of the current revision project, 802.11REVme.
  • Approved forwarding a PAR extension for P802.11bf (Sensing) to the 802 LMSC.
  • Approved a P802.11bh ad-hoc meeting to be held June 18-20, 2024 in Sunnyvale, CA, USA.

IEEE 802 Wireless participants have created a spreadsheet of the frequencies for which operation is defined in 802 standards, including in the 802.11 standard.
See the document ec-22-0266-00-WCSG-ieee-802-s-wireless-standards-table-of-frequency-ranges.xlsx.

Recent standard approvals

IEEE Std 802.11bc™-2023 (incorporating IEEE Std 802.11-2020/Cor 2-2024) was published on February 28, 2024.

IEEE Std 802.11bb™-2023 was published on November 10, 2023.

IEEE Std 802.11bd™-2022 was published on March 10, 2023.

IEEE Std 802.11az™-2022 was published on March 3, 2023.

IEEE Std 802.11™-2020/Cor 1-2022 was published on December 27, 2022.

IEEE Std 802.11ba™-2021 was published on October 8, 2021.

IEEE Std 802.11ay™-2021 was published on July 28, 2021.

IEEE Std 802.11ax™-2021 was published on May 19, 2021.

IEEE Std 802.11™-2020, was published February 26, 2021.

Congratulations to the many 802.11 members who participated in development of these standards. Please visit the photographs page to see pictures of the leadership and major contributors receiving their awards.

"Click Here" for IEEE 802 Free Standards

The IEEE has made available IEEE 802 standards for free download. Under this program, a standard may be downloaded for free six months after the initial publication of the standard. All relevant IEEE 802.11 Standard, Amendments, and Recommended Practices are listed.

Liaison statements and external communications

Recent liaison statements and communications are available here.

Access to 802.11 draft standards

Draft standards are available from a number of sources:

  • If you are a voting 802.11 member, go to the members' area and log in using the 802.11 members ID and password supplied to you by the 802.11 officers.  Contact Robert Stacey if you have lost this. During an 802.11 session, attendees may access 802.11 draft standards from a local fileserver, regardless of their membership status.
  • If you are an active member of one of the other 802 groups, you may be able to access the 802.11 members' area using the same credentials used to access your own group. If this doesn't work, ask your group's Chair to request access from the 802.11 Chair (Robert Stacey).
  • Draft IEEE standards are, from time to time, made available for purchase using the IEEE store or Techstreet.

IEEE standards development guide

The IEEE-SA has created an easy to use Online Standards Development web site that has a wealth of information that details the whole standards process flow, from creation of the initial PAR, to balloting to final draft, and beyond. It even includes, tutorials, and online forms of the various processes evolved. This site is recommended for all Members and Chairs involved.

Upcoming meetings

A google calendar (embedded below) is maintained for 802.11 meetings.

You can import the calendar as an iCal file, or use the "Add to Google Calendar" at the bottom right of the calendar below.