CNET GLOSSARY: Terms for the techie
When a wirelessly networked device sends a beacon, it includes with it a beacon interval, which specifies the period of time before it will send the beacon again. The interval tells receiving devices on the network how long they can wait in low-power mode before waking up to handle the beacon. Network managers can adjust the beacon interval, usually measured in milliseconds (ms) or its equivalent, kilomicroseconds (Kmsec).
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