IEEE 802.1 Working Group

What Does IEEE 802.1 Working Group Mean?

The IEEE 802.1 Working Group (IEEE 802.1) is an IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) group established to ensure network management and monitoring capabilities in networks developed according to IEEE 802 standards.


Techopedia Explains IEEE 802.1 Working Group

IEEE 802.1 handles the architecture, security, management and internetworking of local area networks (LAN), metropolitan area networks (MAN) and wide area area networks (WAN) standardized by IEEE 802.

The following are key IEEE 802.1 tasks:

  • Designs and implements standards that regulate network management practices
  • Provides services, including LAN/MAN management, media access control (MAC) bridging, data encryption/encoding and network traffic management

IEEE 802.1 is comprised of four groups that focus on different standards and policies in the following areas:

  • Internetworking
  • Audio/video (A/V) bridging
  • Data center bridging
  • Security

The Internetworking group handles overall architecture, link aggregation, protocol addressing, network path identification/calculation and other technical practices and recommendations.


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