> I understand that this is the access method used by wireless networks. I
> also understand that devices send an alert messages (RTS) before sending a
> packet. Here's my question: Is this alert message sent FOR EVERY packet?
No. But you can set the RTS/CTS threshold to a value below 2346 so that
> If so, what is the size of a wireless data packet?
The size of the packet is 34 (the frame) + anything from 0 to 2312(the
> If not, does the alert message approximate a time when the transmissions
> will cease and the line will be free?
Yes. With the Network Allocation Vectot (NAV). 802.11 uses two types of
carrier sensing functions, a physical and a virtual (the NAV).