With Bluetooth technology expecting rapid growth, coexistence issues between different classes of wireless devices have become a significant topic of analysis and discussion. Popular wireless LAN standards such as IEEE 802.11b and HomeRF are being put on the interference test bench, and systems that cannot suitably coexist could see their value proposition undermined severely. This technical paper explains basic interference mechanisms and quantifies the impact of Bluetooth on HomeRF and 802.11b systems through both theoretical analysis and actual measurements.

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