Radio Local Area Networks (RLANs) are intended to cover smaller geographic areas like homes, offices and to a certain extent buildings being adjacent to each other. Radio LANs are also known as Wireless LANs (WLANs).

A popular deployment of Radio LANs is providing broadband connectivity at public locations like airports, railway stations, conference centres, hotels and street caf├ęs. Even on trains and aboard aircraft Radio LANs are or will become available for providing network access. Radio LANs are also rather popular at home and at the office enabling the users to connect all equipment wirelessly.

Currently, the frequency bands 2,4 GHz and 5 GHz are mainly used by Radio LANs and in many cases, the deployed technology is based on the IEEE 802.11 standards family. However, other technologies such as LTE-LAA are deployed in those frequency bands as well.

The continuously increasing demand for faster transmission rates and the continued substitution of wired connections by wireless ones make it necessary to identify other frequency bands that offer sufficient capacities, e.g. the frequency band 60 GHz.

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Harmonised Standards for RLAN

ETSI technical committee Broadband Radio Access Networks (BRAN) works on the Harmonised Standard for 5 GHz RLAN equipment that is intended to operate in the frequency 
ranges 5 150 MHz to 5 350 MHz and 5 470 MHz to 5 725 MHz. TC BRAN also work on the Harmonised Standard for Multiple-Gigabit/s radio equipment operating in the 60 GHz band as well as on the Harmonised Standard for White Space Devices operating in the 470 MHz to 790 MHz TV broadcast band. The use of RLANs aboard aircraft is addressed by Harmonised Standards for Broadband Direct Air-to-Ground Communications.

ETSI technical committee EMC & Radio Spectrum Matters (ERM) is responsible for the Harmonised Standard covering Wideband transmission systems operating in the 2,4 GHz band, e.g. Radio LANs or Wireless LANs.
All these Harmonised Standards are widely used for demonstrating the conformity of RLAN equipment with Directive 2014/53/EU (also known as the Radio Equipment Directive (RED)).


A full list of related standards in the public domain is accessible via the ETSI standards search.

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