What is the number "802.11" in "IEEE 802.11" representing? I mean, if you break it down, what exactly do "802" and "11" refer to?
802 is the number for the IEEE LAN/MAN Standards Committee, and 802.11 is the Wireless LAN Working Group.
The IEEE 802 committee maintains a web site, which lists the various current working groups within the committee.
- 802.1 Higher Layer LAN Protocols Working Group
- 802.3 Ethernet Working Group
- 802.11 Wireless LAN Working Group
- 802.15 Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) Working Group
- 802.16 Broadband Wireless Access Working Group
- 802.18 Radio Regulatory TAG
- 802.19 Wireless Coexistence Working Group
- 802.21 Media Independent Handover Services Working Group
- 802.22 Wireless Regional Area Networks
- 802.24 Vertical Applications TAG
- 802 5G/IMT-2020 Standing Committee
- 802.17 Resilient Packet Ring Working Group
- 802.20 Mobile Broadband Wireless Access (MBWA) Working Group
- 802.2 Logical Link Control Working Group
- 802.4 Token Bus Working Group
- 802.5 Token Ring Working Group
- 802.6 Metropolitan Area Network Working Group
- 802.7 Broadband TAG
- 802.8 Fiber Optic TAG
- 802.9 Integrated Services LAN Working Group
- 802.10 Security Working Group
- 802.12 Demand Priority Working Group
- 802.14 Cable Modem Working Group
- 802.23 Emergency Services Working Group
- QOS/FC Executive Committee Study Group
- ECSG TVWS TV Whitespace study group
- ES-ECSG Emergency Services Executive Committee Study Group
- OmniRAN EC Study Group
- Privacy Recommendation EC Study Group
The number 802 was simply the next free number IEEE could assign,1 though “802” is sometimes associated with the date the first meeting was held — February 1980.
11 is simply the number for Wireless LAN working group since 1 to 10 are already being used by other working groups at the time.