Wi-Fi Alliance Notes Start of Interop Testing For 802.11 Draft 2.0 Products
The Wi-Fi Alliance Authorized Test Laboratories announced today that Interoperability certification for high-performance Wi-Fi gear is now underway. The testing is for products compliant with Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n draft 2.0 products.
These products are expected to be available at retail by the end of this summer.
According to the Wi-Fi Alliance:
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n draft 2.0 products have been tested for interoperability across vendors, adherence to WPA2™ (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® (Wi-Fi Mutlimedia) quality of service, which helps deliver the best user experience with applications such as video, voice, and gaming.
"It is the most important advance for Wi-Fi technology since its invention," adds Wi-Fi Alliance managing director Frank Hanzlik.
The Alliance says the following independent laboratories will begin testing this week for the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n draft 2.0 program: 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)
The group also said it 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 www.wi-fi.org.
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