Interoperability certification for high-performance Wi-Fi gear is now underway. Wi-Fi Alliance Authorized Test Laboratories began testing products on June 25, and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n draft 2.0 products are anticipated to arrive later this year. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n draft 2.0 products have been tested for interoperability across vendors, adherence to WPA2(TM) (Wi-Fi Protected Access) security protocols, and backward compatibility with more than 3,500 Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n a/b/g products. Products based on the new IEEE 802.11n draft deliver up to five times the throughput and up to twice the range of those based on previous standards, enabling a wide range of content-rich applications, and delivering those applications over a larger footprint. The certification program also includes WMM(R) (Wi-Fi Multimedia) quality of service, which helps deliver the best user experience with applications such as video, voice, and gaming.
With a strong pipeline of products already scheduled for certification testing, the Alliance expects very high demand for certification testing. The following laboratories will begin testing this week for the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n draft 2.0 program to help ensure that testing services are available to member companies in every region:
-AT4 wireless (Malaga, Spain)
-ADT (Taoyuan Hsien, Taiwan)
-Allion (Taipei Taiwan)
-CETECOM Inc. (Milpitas, California)
-SGS (Yokohama, Japan)
-SGS (Taipei, Taiwan)
-TUV Rheinland (Yokohama, Japan)
-TUV Rheinland (Pleasanton, California)
Wi-Fi Alliance Authorized Test Laboratories are independent, ISO-accredited testing facilities. The Wi-Fi Alliance has released a white paper entitled “Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n draft 2.0: Bringing Interoperability to Longer-Range,
Higher-Throughput, Multimedia-Grade Networks,” which details draft 802.11n enhancements as well as the certification testing program and is available for free download at the Wi-Fi Alliance Web site. A white paper for
consumers and retailers entitled “Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n draft 2.0: Taking Wi-Fi to the Next Level,” as well as a product search tool for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products, are also available at their website.
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