Wi-Fi AllianceThe Wi-Fi Alliance is a global non-profit industry association of
hundreds of leading companies devoted to seamless connectivity. With
technology development, market building, and regulatory programs, the
Wi-Fi Alliance has enabled widespread adoption of Wi-Fi worldwide.
In 1999 several visionary leaders came together to form a global
non-profit organization with the goal of driving adoption of high-speed
wireless local area networking. We are that organization.
The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ program was launched in March 2000. It provides a
widely-recognized designation of interoperability and quality and it
helps to ensure that Wi-Fi enabled products deliver the best user
The Wi-Fi Alliance has completed more than 11,000 product
certifications to date, encouraging the expanded use of Wi-Fi products
and services in new and established markets.
Today, in every continent, one in ten people around the world use Wi-Fi
at home, at work, in countless ways. Wi-Fi adoption continues to grow,
and common goals still bind together more than 400
Wi-Fi Alliance member companies from dozens of countries.
goal of the visionary leaders that formed the Wi-Fi Alliance in 1999 has
been realized, and yet the Wi-Fi Alliance is not done.
and thought leadership of the Wi-Fi Alliance continues to drive new
Wi-Fi applications and products, and it continues to enrich our lives.
Wi-Fi Alliance Vision: Seamless connectivity
Wi-Fi Alliance Mission:
- Provide a highly-effective collaboration forum
- Grow the Wi-Fi industry
- Lead industry growth with new technology specifications and programs
- Support industry-agreed standards
- Deliver great product connectivity through testing and certification
The recent final ratification of the IEEE 802.11n standard means that a
last barrier to enterprises fully integrating 802.11n into their infrastructure
has been removed.
Going forward, it's expected that already-robust demand for
802.11n wireless systems will increase exponentially. A primary focus at
Extricom is creating "futureproofed" wireless.
This means designing
products that can support any post-deployment application or network
requirement without customization or physical upgrade.
With this in mind,
Extricom is pleased to announce that all of its 802.11n products are Wi-Fi
CERTIFIED, by the Wi-Fi Alliance. Our customers and partners can be
confident their infrastructure investment will retain its value throughout the
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Products
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED is a program for testing products to the 802.11
industry standards for interoperability, security, easy installation, and
The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED logo is an assurance that the Wi-Fi
Alliance has tested a product in numerous configurations and with a diverse
sampling of other devices to ensure compatibility with other Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
equipment that operates in the same frequency band.
The Wi-Fi Alliance network
of independent test labs conducts interoperability testing programs to ensure
that wireless devices work together and support secure connections.
Look for the Logo
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED devices carry the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED logo and are
available through major electronics retailers. Choosing Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
products allows you to mix and match devices from different manufacturers,
makes setting up your network quick and easy and lets you choose the latest and
greatest features and applications.
The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED logo is your only assurance that a product has met
rigorous interoperability testing requirements to ensure that compatible
products from different vendors will work together. Look for the Wi-Fi
CERTIFIED logo with color-coded Standard Indicator Icons (SII) on product
packaging, or search through our web site listing of CERTIFIED products before
making a Wi-Fi purchase. "Do not buy any equipment that isn't Wi-Fi
CERTIFIED -- you will end up tossing it."
-- Michael Disbato, Burton Group (IT analyst firm)
Testing Programs - Core Technology & Security
There are four generations of Wi-Fi technology currently available -
802.11n is the newest. All devices that undergo Wi-Fi CERTIFIED testing are
tested according to their capabilities. An overview of these generations is
Bandwidth or maximum data rate
2.4 GHz, 5 GHz,
2.4 or 5 GHz (selectable), or
2.4 and 5 GHz (concurrent)
Additionally, all Wi-Fi CERTIFIED devices are tested to ensure that
they support robust security capabilities. WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2)
certification indicates that a device can operate with both strong security and
Testing Programs - Optional Capabilities
Beyond core certifications, there are Wi-Fi CERTIFIED designations for
devices that have undergone testing for additional capabilities:
Wi-Fi Protected Setup
Easy setup of network security using a Personal Identification Number
(PIN), button, or by touching two devices together.
WMM® (Wi-Fi Multimedia)
Support for multimedia content over Wi-Fi networks by prioritizing
the traffic generated by multimedia applications.
WMM Power Save
Conserves battery life while using voice and multimedia applications
by managing the time the device spends in sleep mode.
Wi-Fi for Enterprise
Wi-Fi is becoming the core of enterprise networks - the current
generation of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED devices offers the security and
performance that network managers expect along with five times the
throughput and twice the range of legacy Wi-Fi equipment. When combined
with the increased productivity and flexibility of a mobile workforce,
and the option to stage capital investments as your network grows, Wi-Fi
is a compelling choice.
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED programs provide a third-party seal of approval for
interoperability and security of enterprise-grade equipment. The Wi-Fi
CERTIFIED interoperability certificate is the definitive record of a
What Enterprise users want today - Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
The update to the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n program released in September 2009
adds support for new optional features while preserving interoperability
with hundreds of devices certified to the earlier draft-n program. The
updated program expands the reach and relevance of 802.11n with features
that can deliver performance across the full breadth of device
The efficiencies and enhancements in the features included in Wi-Fi
CERTIFIED, combined with the quality-of-service capabilities of WMM®
(Wi-Fi Multimedia) improve the quality of Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi)
and increase the number of simultaneous calls on the air link.
Transmission enhancements based on MIMO (multiple input multiple output)
and STBC, improve reception even for single receiver Wi-Fi phones by
reducing error rates and improving range. Mission-critical enterprise
applications, such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) access, collaboration tools, voice
and video conferencing, all benefit from the increased throughput and
range while relying on the next generation security protections.
Enterprise networks benefit from the improved throughput and longer
reach of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n devices. Faster transmissions allow stations
to get on and off the air more quickly. Legacy clients in the network
can benefit from better coverage provided by the 802.11n access points
and they can also gain increased access as the new 802.11n devices
transfer their data faster
Wi-Fi Alliance Video's
- Frequency Bands
- MIMO - Multiple Input, Multiple Output
- Wi-Fi® Networking Basics
- Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ n - The Wi-Fi® You Should Buy!