802.11 - definition
In short it is a protocol. 802.11 is a standard that was developed by a working group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). It is a category of WiFi (Wireless Fidelity). There are few sub-categories. The 802.11 standards codify improvements that boost wireless throughput and range as well as the use of new frequencies as they become available. They also address new technologies that reduce power consumption.