Wi-Fi Alliance

Wi-Fi Protected Access™ Security Sees Strong Adoption - Wi-Fi Alliance Takes Strong Position by Requiring WPA Security for Product Certification

    Mountain View, CA (ots) - The Wi-Fi Alliance announced today
that over 175 products from over 40 of the world's leading technology
manufacturers have received Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) security
certification since testing began in April of 2003. WPA is the
current state-of-the-art wireless LAN security technology. The Wi-Fi
Alliance has taken the proactive move of requiring WPA for all
Wi-Fi® certifications awarded since September 2003. A useful online
resource for Wi-Fi Protected Access security can be found at
www.wi-fi.org/wpa.
    
    Wi-Fi Protected Access is the security replacement for WEP
(Wired Equivalent Privacy). Since WEP can be compromised, it should
not be considered a secure mechanism to protect Wi-Fi wireless LAN
traffic. The Wi-Fi Alliance recommends that WPA be enabled in
wireless LAN applications where data security is a concern. WPA has
proven to be a very secure and easily implemented security solution.
WEP should only be used when a more secure wireless LAN security
solution is not available.
    
    "Wi-Fi Protected Access meets the wireless LAN security needs of
both enterprises and individuals," said Wi-Fi Alliance Managing
Director, Frank Hanzlik. "This is a very robust, cross vendor
interoperable security technology that is both easier to install than
its flawed predecessor WEP and far more secure. The Wi-Fi Alliance
recommends that WEP be dropped in favor of WPA for applications as
soon as feasible."
    
    "Wi-Fi Protected Access establishes a strong foundation for secure
wireless LAN connections. There are also plans to add additional
security capabilities to WPA with the next version of WPA called
WPA2. Products certified for WPA2 are anticipated to be available in
the middle of 2004. However, users need not wait for WPA2. WPA2 is an
enhancement, but most business and personal security needs are met by
WPA today," Hanzlik added.
    
    Industry analysts have also found that Wi-Fi Protected Access and
Wi-Fi certification have had a positive impact on the security of
Wi-Fi technology. Synergy Research has observed that, "Until
recently, depressed IT spending had a significant negative impact on
the market for enterprise wireless products. Furthermore, security
has also been a major concern with Enterprise IT professionals, which
has also slowed adoption. However, now that the Wi-Fi Protected
Access security solution is available, Synergy has seen a marked
increase in Enterprise WLAN sales."
    
    The first WPA certifications were announced in April of 2003, and
the certification saw very rapid adoption by wireless LAN vendors
prior to it becoming a mandatory feature in September 2003. The Wi-Fi
Alliance made Wi-Fi Protected Access security a requirement for Wi-Fi
certification due to the importance of security to the end users. It
is also important to recognize that Wi-Fi certification is the only
way to be sure that wireless LAN products from different vendors and
even the same vendor will work together.
    
    The Wi-Fi Alliance currently performs four independent
interoperability certifications including IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b,
802.11g and Wi-Fi Protected Access in addition to a combination of
all of these technologies. Wi-Fi Protected Access has been required
for all certification combinations since September of 2003. A
searchable database of Wi-Fi Alliance certifications can be found at
www.wi-fi.org/certified_products.
    
    Products awarded the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED logo have undergone rigorous
independent testing at one of four labs in Tokyo, Japan; San Jose,
California; Winnersh, UK; or Taipei, Taiwan. The Wi-Fi
interoperability certification program has become the international
standard for providing high-quality interoperability testing for IEEE
802.11-based products.
    
    Companies obtaining Wi-Fi Protected Access product certification
include:
    
    3Com
            3Com OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point Model#
            3CRWE454G72
            3Com OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Cable/DSL Gateway Model#
            3CRWE554G72
            3Com Dual-Band Wireless LAN PC Card Model# 3CRPAG175
    
    Accton
            Wireless 802.11g MiniPCI Module Model# WN4402A
            802.11g 54Mbs Wireless PCI Card Model# WN4201B
    
    Agere Systems
            Agere 802.11b Wireless LAN PCMCIA Card Type II Model# WL1257
    
    Airespace, Inc.
            Airespacce 4xxx Switch w/Airespace 12xx AP's
    
    Apple Computer, Inc.
            Apple Access Point Model# AirPort Extreme AP
            Apple Airport Extreme Base Station
    
    AT&T
            AT&T Plug&Share 54Mbps Wireless Notebook Adapter Model# 6700G
            AT&T Plug&Share 54 Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter Model# 6500G
    
    Atheros Communications Inc.
            Atheros AR5001X + Universal 802.11a/b/g Wireless Network
            Adapter
    
    Broadcom Corporation
            Broadcom 54g(tm) AP Reference Design - BCM94306-GAP
            Broadcom 802.11g CardBus Reference Design - BCM94306CB
    
    Buffalo, Inc.
            AirStation Access Point Model# WBR2-G54
            AirStation Access Point Model# WHR2-G54
            AirStation Access Point Model#WHR-G54V
            Melco AirStation G54 Broadband Base Station Model# WBR-G54
            Melco AirStation 54Mbps Wireless Notebook Adapter-g
            Model# WLI-CB-G54(A)
            Melco AirStation 54Mbps Wireless Notebook Adapter-g Model#
            WLI-CB-G54
            Melco AirStation G54 Wireless PCI Card
            with External Antennae Model# WLI-PCI-G54
    
    Cisco Systems
            Cisco Access Point AIR-AP1230B
            Cisco Access Point Model# AIR-AP1120B
            Cisco Aironet 2.4/5 GHz 54Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter
            Air-P121a/g
    
    Cisco-Linksys, LLC
            Linksys Wireless-G Access Point Model# WAP54G
            Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router Model# WRT54G
            Linksys WRT54G v2
            Linksys Dual-Band Wireless A+G Notebook Adapter Model#
            WPC55AG
            Linksys Wireless Network PC Card Model# WPC11 ver. 3.0
            Linksys Wireless-B Notebook Adapter Model# WPC11 V4
            Linksys Wireless-B PCI Adapter Model# WMP11 V4
            Linksys Wireless-G Notebook Adapter Model# WPC54G
            Linksys Dual-Band Wireless A+G PCI Adapter Model# WMP55AG
            Linksys Wireless-G PCI Adapter Model# WMP54G
            Linksys WirelessG USB Network Adapter Model# WUSB54G
    
    Corega K.K.
            Corega 802.11g PC Card Model# CG-WLCB54GT
    
    Dell
            Dell TrueMobile Wireless Broadband Router Model #2300
            TrueMobile 802.11b/g Enterprise Access Point Model# 1170
            Dell TrueMobile 1150 Series PC Card
            Dell TrueMobile 1150 Series Mini-PCI Card
            Dell TrueMobile 1300 MiniPCI Module
            Dell TrueMobile 1400 MiniPCI Module
            Dell TrueMobile USB2.0 Adapter Model# 1300
    
    Enfora
            WP802b
    
    Envara
            WiND512 USB 2.0 Hardware Reference Design
    
    Fujitsu Corporation
            Access Point Module# CP182728-01
            FMV-BIBLO LOOX T50G/W
            FMV-BIBLO LOOX T55G
            FMV-BIBLO MG70G
            FMV-BIBLO MG70G/ST
            FMV-BIBLO MG70GN
            FMV-BIBLO MG75G
            Fujitsu MiniPCI Module Model# MBH7WL01-M
            Fujitsu MiniPCI Module Model# WLL3050-D50-M
            LifeBook C2230
            LifeBook S2020
            LifeBook S6120
            LifeBook S6120D
            LifeBook S6130D
            MiniPCI Module/ WM3B2200BG-FJ
    
    Gateway
            Gateway MiniPCI Card (Part 6002494) - Broadcom BCM94306MP
    
    GlobespanVirata
            Prism Duette CardBus Model#39000C
            PRISM Duette PCMCIA Adapter Model# ISL39000C
            PRISM GTU USB2.0 Reference Design Model# PRISMGTUAT-OEMKIT
            PRISM WorldRadio MiniPCI Module Model# ISL39200M
    
    Hewlett-Packard
            HP 802.11b Spirit Radio Module Model# 5092-0115
            HP Broadcom 54g Max Performance 802.11g MiniPCI
                Adapter Model# BCM94306MPSGC0
            HP MiniPCI Module Model# 54g W450
            HP WLAN 802.11a/b/g PCI CARD Model#WL500
            HP DeskJet 5850 PN #C8975A
            HP DeskJet 5850, PN# C8975B
            HP DeskJet 5850, PN# C8975C
            HP JetDirect 280m (J6044A)
            HP JetDirect 380x (J6061A)
            HP JetDirect 680n (J6058A)
            HP PSC 2500 Photosmart All-in-One, PN# Q3093A
            HP PSC 2510 Photosmart All-in-One, PN# Q3094A
            HP PSC 2510Xi Photosmart All-in-One, PN# Q3095A
            HP PSC 2550 Photosmart All-in-One, PN# Q3092A
    
    I-O DATA Device, Inc.
            WN-AG/CB2
            WN-B11/R
            WN-G54/CB2
    
    IBM
            IBM 11a/b/g Wireless CardBus Adapter
    
    Inprocomm, Inc.
            INPROCOMM IPN2120 Wireless LAN Card
            Inprocomm Wireless LAN Cardbus Card Model#IPN2220
            Inprocomm LAN MiniPCI Card Model# IPN2120
    
    Intel Corporation
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter
              WM3B2200BGMWFUJ
            Intel® PRO/Wireless LAN 2100A MiniPCI Adapter
            Intel® PRO/Wireless LAN 2200 3B Mini PCI Adapter
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100A LAN MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2100A1
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100A LAN MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2100A1TOS
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100A LAN MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2100A2
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100A LAN MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2100A2TOS
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100A LAN MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2100A3
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100A LAN MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2100A3TOS
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100A LAN MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2100A4
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100A LAN MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2100A4TOS
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter
            WM3A2200BGMWDEL
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter
            WM3A2200BGRWDEL
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter
            WM3B2200BGMW
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter
            WM3B2200BGMWHP
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter
            WM3B2200BGMWIBM
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter
            WM3B2200BGMWSY
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter
            WM3B2200BGMWTOS
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter
            WM3B2200BGMWWB
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter
            WM3B2200BGRW
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter
            WM3B2200BGRWFUJ
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter
            WM3B2200BGRWHP
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter
            WM3B2200BGRWIBM
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter
            WM3B2200BGRWSY
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter
            WM3B2200BGRWSYJ
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter
            WM3B2200BGRWTOS
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter
            WM3B2200BGRWWB
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3A Mini-PCI Adapter
            WM3A2100NADELL
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3A Mini-PCI Adapter
            WM3A2100WWDELL, ID# 105899
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter WM3B2100NA
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter
            WM3B2100NA1
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter
            WM3B2100NA2
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter
            WM3B2100NAFJ
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter
            WM3B2100NASONY
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter
            WM3B2100NAWB
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter
            WM3B2100RWHPQ
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter
            WM3B2100RWHPQ
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter
            WM3B2100RWTOS
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter WM3B2100WW
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter
            WM3B2100WWFJ
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter
            WM3B2100WWHPQ
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter
            WM3B2100WWIBM
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter
            WM3B2100WWSONY
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter
            WM3B2100WWTOS
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter
            WM3B2100WWWB
            Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100A LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter
    
    Intermec Technologies Corporation
            Intermec 802.11b Wireless Compact Flash Adapter - 730
            .11g miniPCI Intersil/GlobeSpanVirata radio
            CK30 Handheld Computer Model #CK30
            CV60 Vehicle Mounted Terminal
            EasyCoderPF, PM, PX-series printer
    
    Legra
            Legra Switch
    
    Marvell Semiconductor Inc.
            Marvell AP-32 802.11g Wireless Home Gateway Model# AP-32
            Marvell 802.11g Card Bus Client Adapter Model# CB-32
    
    MICRO-STAR INT'L CO., LTD.
            Wireless .11g USB Adapter Model# MS-6826
    
    Microsoft
            Microsoft Broadband Networking Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter
            MN-710
    
    Motorola
            Motorola 802.11b/g Wireless Access Point Model# WA840G
            Motorola Wireless Broadband Router Model# WR850G
            Motorola 802.11b PCI Adapter Model# WPC1810G
            Motorola Wireless Notebook Adapter Model# WN825G
    
    Nomadix
            AG-2000w
    
    Option
            Globetrotter Combo
    
    Proxim Corporation
            Proxim ORiNOCO AP-2000 Access Point
            Proxim ORiNOCO AP-600b/g
    
    Ralink Technology Corp.
            Ralink 802.11b Wireless LAN PC Card Model# RT2400-CB
            RT2500 802.11g wireless LAN card
    
    Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
            Realtek RTL8180 11M WLAN NIC Adapter-1 / RTL8180-NIC1
            Realtek RTL8180 11M WLAN NIC Adapter-2 / RTL8180-NIC2
    
    Sharp Labs of America
            Sharp Access Point Model# HG-01S
            SHARP 802.11g WLAN mini PCI / CE-WL11
            Sharp 802.11g WLAN miniPCI module CE-WL09
    
    Sony Corporation
            Sony PCWA-A820 Wireless LAN Access Point
            Sony Wireless LAN PC Card Model# PCWA-C300S
            Sony MiniPCI Module PCG Series Model# 1761786
    
    Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, AB
            GC79 Cardbus PC Card Model# FAE-1021011-BV
    
    Symbol Technologies
            PPT8800 with PPC2003
            Symbol Wireless Networker CompactFlash Wireless
                LAN Adapter Model LA-4137
    
    Texas Instruments
            Texas Instruments Access Point Model# TNETWA-100-APEVM
            TNETWA-100-APEVM
            Texas Instruments Cardbus Model# TNETW1100-CBEVM
            TNETW1100-CBEVM - Cardbus
    
    TOKO, Inc.
            Wireless LAN Card Model# TMW1059
    
    Toshiba
            Toshiba 802.11 a/b Combo MiniPCI WLAN Module Model#
            PA3234U-1MPC
            Toshiba 802.11a/b/g Combo MiniPCI WLAN MiniPCI Module Model#
            PA3297U-1MPC
            Toshiba 802.11b/g Combo Mini-PCI W-LAN Model# PA3299U-1MPC
            Toshiba MiniPCI Module Model# PA3233U-1MPC
            Toshiba MiniPCI Module Model# PA3272U-1MPC
    
    Victor Company of Japan, Limited
            Victor 802.11b MiniPCI Module Model# WM3B2100NAJVC
            Victor Company 802.11b MiniPCI Module Model# WM3B2100WWJVC;
            F/W v. 0.09.023
    
    ZyXEL Communications Corporation
            CardBus 11Mbps Wireless LAN Card / ZyAIR B-122
    
    See Wi-Fi at CeBIT
    
    Wi-Fi-based wireless LANs will be on display at CeBIT (Hall 13,
Wireless Area Network Exchange Pavilion, Stand #D37, Booth #C6),
March 18-24, 2004, at the Hannover Fairgrounds in Hannover, Germany.
    
    About the Wi-Fi Alliance
    
    The Wi-Fi Alliance (formerly WECA) is the global Wi-Fi
organization that created the Wi-Fi brand. A nonprofit organization,
the Alliance was formed in 1999 to certify interoperability of IEEE
802.11 products and to promote them as the global, wireless LAN
standard across all market segments.
    
    The Wi-Fi Alliance has instituted a test suite that defines how
member products are tested to certify that they are interoperable
with other Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products. These tests are conducted at an
independent laboratory.
    
    Membership in the Wi-Fi Alliance is open to all companies that
support the IEEE 802.11 family of standards. The Wi-Fi Alliance now
comprises over 200 members from the world's leading companies. These
companies offer over 1,000 Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products. For more
information, please visit www.wi-fi.org, and for information on Wi-Fi
ZONE™ public access locations go to www.wi-fizone.org.
    
    Background Information:
    
    WPA Security White Paper: www.wi-
    fi.org/OpenSection/pdf/Whitepaper_Wi-Fi_Security4-29-03.pdf
    
    WPA Q&A:
    www.wi-fi.org/OpenSection/pdf/Wi-Fi_Protected_Access_QA.pdf
    
    WPA Overview:
    www.wi-fi.org/OpenSection/pdf/Wi-Fi_Protected_Access_Overview.pdf
    
    WPA Home Overview:
    www.wi-fi.org/OpenSection/pdf/WPA_Home_Overview.pdf
    
    
ots Originaltext: Wi-Fi Alliance
Internet: www.presseportal.ch

Contact:
C. Brian Grimm
Wave Communications
for Wi-Fi Alliance
Phone:  +1-910.686.0870
E-Mail: briang@wavecoms.com



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