What does BSS exactly mean?

Jouni Malinen j at w1.fi
Wed Feb 22 03:26:30 PST 2023

On Wed, Feb 22, 2023 at 02:19:40AM +0000, Liming Yan (NSB) wrote:
>   I see in hostapd the basic instance/context is based on BSS.  So what does the abbreviation BSS stand for?  thanks

Basic Service Set

Strictly speaking, in the IEEE Std 802.11 language, it is the set of
STAs (including the one in the AP) that have successfully synchronized.
In hostapd configuration, it refers to the context in which the access
point is operating a network and that is structured to be a separate
instance of "upper layer" parameters from the channel/radio
configuration since there might be multiple BSSs sharing the same radio.

Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA

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