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WLANs are wireless network structures which enable electronic devices such as PCs, laptops, work stations, servers, printers and other network devices but also other digital equipment to be interconnected. As such, WLANs replace network cables, resulting in more flexible and economic solutions for the establishment and use of networks. With current WLAN standards data rates of up to 100 Mbit/s are possible.

WLANs are used primarily for surfing the world wide web, especially via hot spots at e.g. airports, universities, central locations in town centres, congress halls and hotels.

Another important field of application for WLANs are locations at which no Internet access vial cable-based DSL accesses is available. Using WLAN technology, wireless local loops allowing high transmission rates can be established to users.


Health protection

In the course of various research projects studies were carried out to determine the exposure to WLAN equipment. The findings indicate that the exposure level is well below the limits for the protection of the general population. The maximum values of publicly accessible WLAN hot spots corresponded to one or two per cent of the current limit. The values averaged over 6 minutes were on the order of one or two below the maximum values.


Date of modification: 2010.07.14

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