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IEEE San Francisco Communications Society and the Distinguished Lecture Tour Presents:

"A Technical Overview of 802.11n Wi-Fi"

Speaker: Edwin Menor, Meru Networks

Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2009, 6:30PM
Location: The California Public Utilities Commission, 505 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

WiFi networks have been rapidly deployed during the past decade as technical advances in modulation techniques have combined with the proliferation of mobile computing devices.

This presentation will provide an overview of the IEEE 802.11n specification and its implementation in WiFi networks. Described will be a timeline of 802.11n development and a summary of common practices in WLAN planning and design. This presentation will also differentiate between 802.11b/g and 802.11n technology and will describe how 802.11n can be deployed in the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz unlicensed spectrum.


Edwin Menor, Meru Networks Edwin Menor, Sr. Systems Engineer, Meru Networks is an honor graduate with a degree in Electronics from DeVry Institute of Technology (Pomona, CA). He was instrumental in the architectural design of the secured RADIUS authentication fabric for Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (NERSC).

He also specialized in 802.16 WiMAX and 802.11 WiFi design and implementation while working for Alvarion Inc, Trapeze Networks, and Meru Networks. Other accomplishments include management of the nationwide deployment of Redback Networks Optical BRAS/Edge Router SmartEdge) in 13 major markets and a First Place in Mr. San Francisco Bodybuilding Championship.

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The Public Utilities Commission is on the corner of Van Ness and McAllister diagonally across from City Hall. There is a parking lot on Franklin between McAllister and Golden Gate and underground lots at Opera Plaza on Golden Gate between Franklin and Van Ness and at Civic Center Plaza on McAllister between Polk and Larkin. Parking under the PUC is not open to the public. Parking meters west of Van Ness are inactive after 6:00 PM. Any bus running on VanNess will stop on the corner.

Coming from the East by BART or Metro, it is best to transfer to a No. 5 Bus going west at the Powel Street Station. Alternatively, it is a 5 to 10-minute walk from Civic Center Station and about the same from Van Ness Station.

Coming from the West by Metro or bus, transfer to a bus going North on Van Ness.
There are two entrances to the building.  One is under the state seal at the top of the steps on the corner of Van Ness and McAllister. The other is on Golden Gate between Franklin and Van Ness. The gates for both entrances close at 5:30 pm. It is better to use the Golden Gate entrance because the meeting room is just inside.