Project 802

Definition of Project 802 in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is Project 802?

An ongoing project of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for defining local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) standards and technologies. The 802 specifications define the operation of the physical network components - cabling, network adapters, and connectivity devices such as hubs and switches.

Project 802 has a number of subsections, including the following:

  • 802.1:
    Internetworking standards

     

  • 802.2:
    The logical link control (LLC) layer of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) reference model data-link layer

     

  • 802.3:
    Ethernet (Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Detection)

     

  • 802.4:
    Token Bus LAN

     

  • 802.5:
    Token Ring LAN

     

  • 802.6:
    Metropolitan area network (MAN)

     

  • 802.7:
    Broadband technologies

     

  • 802.8:
    Fiber-optic technologies

     

  • 802.9:
    Integrated voice/data networks

     

  • 802.10:
    Network security standards and technologies

     

  • 802.11:
    Wireless networking technologies and standards

     

  • 802.12:
    Demand priority access technologies

     

  • 802.14:
    Cable television access

     

The Project 802 standards are constantly evolving, and new subcategories are being created to standardize new networking technologies.