Wi-Fi Alliance

WI-FI® Certification Proves Essential to Positive Wireless LAN Experience

    Mountain View, CA (ots) -

    Wi-Fi Certified┬Ö Products Now Exceed 1,000

    The Wi-Fi Alliance announced today that over 1,000 products from over 120 leading manufacturers have received certification since testing began in March 2000. Recent test data released by the Wi-Fi Alliance indicates that wireless LAN interoperability and performance continue to be an issue for products without Wi-Fi certification.

    "The overwhelming majority of WLAN products in the world are Wi-Fi CERTIFIED and for good reason. In fact, it is becoming increasingly difficult to compete globally without Wi-Fi certification," said Wi- Fi Alliance Managing Director, Frank Hanzlik. "Based on testing of more than 1,000 products over several IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) 802.11 standards, products that are prepared for Wi-Fi certification testing fail 25-30% of the time or more depending on the technology being tested. Products that do not go through the rigorous testing preparation process have an even higher failure rate. Without Wi-Fi certification, these product failures would have been experienced by the technology consumer."

    "Although we are very pleased with reaching the 1,000 Wi-Fi CERTIFIED product mark, it is important to remember that Wi-Fi is a very sophisticated radio technology that is continuously being enhanced. New features and the growing number of additional chip sets make Wi-Fi certification more important than ever to consumers and enterprise IT managers who expect reliable wireless LAN products," Hanzlik added.

    The Wi-Fi Alliance currently performs four independent interoperability certifications including IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g and Wi-Fi Protected Access(tm) in addition to a combination of all of these technologies. A searchable database of Wi-Fi Alliance certifications can be found at http://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 product certification in the past     quarter include:

    2Wire     -    2Wire 802.11b+ Wireless PC Card

    3Com     -    Wireless LAN Access Point 8700 Model# 3CRWE87007A     -    OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point Model# 3CRWE454G72     -    3Com Dual-Band a+g Wireless LAN PC Card Model# 3CRPAG175

    Accton     -    Wireless 802.11g MiniPCI Module Model# WN4402A     -    802.11g 54Mbs Wireless PCI Card Model# WN4201B

    Acer Incorporated     -    Acer InviLink wireless 802.11b MiniPCI Card-11

    Agere Systems     -    Agere 802.11b Wireless LAN PCMCIA Card Type II Model# WL1257

    Airespace, Inc.     -    Airespace 4XX AP

    Apple Computer, Inc.     -    Apple Access Point Model# AirPort Extreme AP     -    Apple MiniPCI Card Model# AirPort Extreme

    AT&T     -    AT&T Plug&Share 54Mbps Wireless Notebook Adapter Model# 6700G     -    AT&T Plug&Share 54 Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter Model# 6500G

    Belkin     -    802.11g Wireless Notebook Network Card Model# F5D7010     -    802.11g Wireless Router model# F5D7230-4     -    802.11g Wireless Desktop Network Card Model# F5D7000     -    802.11g Wireless Network Access Point Model# F5D7130

    Broadcom Corporation     -    Broadcom Access Point Model# BCM94306-GAP     -    Broadcom 802.11g Cardbus Reference Design - BCM94306CB

    Buffalo, Inc.     -    G54 Bridge Model# WLA-G54     -    G54 Router Model# WBR-G54     -    G54 Access Point Model# WHR-G54     -    AirStation Access Point Model# WLA-B11     -    Wireless Adapter USB Model WLI-USB-KB11     -    AirStation Access Point Model# WHR2-G54

    Cisco-Linksys, LLC     -    Linksys 802.11b PC Card Model# WMP11 V4     -    Linksys Wireless-B NoteBook Adapter Model# WPC11 V4     -    Linksys Wireless ADSL Gateway 54G Model# WAG54G     -    Linksys Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge Model# WET54G     -    Wireless G VPN Router Model# WRV54G     -    Wireless G USB Network Adapter Model# WUSB54G     -    Linksys Dual-Band Wireless A+G PCI Adapter Model# WMP55AG     -    Linksys Dual-Band Wireless A+G NoteBook Adapter Model# WPC55AG     -    Wireless-G Broadband Router Model# WRT54G

    Cisco Systems     -    Aironet 2.4/5 GHz 54Mbps Wireless Cardbus Model# AIR-CB21ag     -    Cisco Systems WLAN PCI Adapter Model# AIR-P121AG

    Dell     -    Dell TrueMobile 1400 MiniPCI Module     -    Dell TrueMobile MiniPCI Card Model# 1300     -    Dell True Mobile WLAN Module Model# TM1200     -    802.11b/g PC CardBus Model# Dell TrueMobile 1300     -    MiniPCI WLAN Card Model #Dell TrueMobile 1300     -    MiniPCI WLAN Card Model# Dell TrueMobile 1400     -    Dell TrueMobile 1300 CardBus Adapter     -    TrueMobile 802.11b/g Enterprise Access Point Model# 1170     -    Dell TrueMobile 1150 Series Mini-PCI Card     -    Dell TrueMobile 1150 Series PC Card

    Delta Networks, Inc.     -    2.4Ghz Wireless CardBus Adapter Model# DWL-610

    D-Link Systems     -    2.4 GHz Wireless PCI Adapter Model# DWL-G520     -    802.11a/b/g Wireless PCI Adapter Model# DWL-AG520     -    D-Link PC Card Model# DWL-650+

    ELECOM CO., LTD     -    Elecom 802.11b PC Card Model# LD-WL54G/CB     -    Elecom 802.11 a+b/g WLAN AP Model# LD-WLS54AG/AP

    Enfora     -    WP802b

    Envara
    -    Envara WiND512 CardBus Hardware Reference Design
        Model# ENCHW 5123A V3.1
    -    WiND512 USB 2.0 Hardware Reference Design

    Fujitsu Corporation
    -    Access Point Model# 11g-AP-M
    -    Fujitsu's 20M Wireless IAD-Wireless ADSL Modem with
          1Port VoIP Gateway Model# FA11-W3
    -    Access Point Module# CP182728-01
    -    MiniPCI Module/ WM3B2200BG-FJ
    -    Fujitsu MiniPCI Module Model# WLL3050-D50-M

    GlobespanVirata     -    Prism Duette CardBus Model#39000C     -    PRISM GT PCMCIA Card Model# ISL38001C     -    PRISM GT CardBus Adapter Model# ISL386001C     -    PRISM GTU USB2.0 Reference Design Model# PRISMGTUAT-OEMKIT     -    PRISM WorldRadio MiniPCI Module Model# ISL39200M

    Hewlett-Packard
    -    HP Broadcom 54g Max Performance 802.11g MiniPCI
          Adapter Model# BCM94306MPSGC0

    Intel Corporation
    -    Intel Pro-Wireless 2100A LAN MiniPCI Adapter Model# WM3B2100A
    -    Intel Pro-Wireless 2200BG LAN 3 MiniPCI
          Adapter Model# C44205-003

    Intermec Technologies Corporation     -    CV60 Vehicle Mounted Terminal     -    Intermec 802.11b Wireless Compact Flash Adapter - 730

    I-O DATA Device, Inc.     -    I-O Data CF Adapter Model# WN-B11/CFL     -    I-O Data Access Point Model# WN-B11/R     -    PC Card WN-B11/CMB     -    WN-AG/CB2

    Microsoft
    -    Microsoft Broadband Networking Wireless Ethernet Adapter
          (X-Box Adapter) Model# MN-740

    MICRO-STAR INT'L CO., LTD.
    -    MICRO-STAR 802.11g PCI Card Model# MS-6825
    -    MICRO-STAR 802.11b/g CardBus Adapter Model# MS-6819
    -    IEEE 802.11b USB Dongle Model# MS-6823
    -    IEEE 802.11b/g Wireless Residential Gateway
          Supreme Model# MS-6822
    -    IEEE 802.11b Cardbus Wireless Network Adapter Model# MS-6829

    Motorola     -    Motorola 802.11b/g Wireless Access Point Model# WA840G     -    Motorola 802.11b PCI Adapter Model# WPCI810G     -    Motorola Wireless Broadband Router Model# WR850G     -    Motorola Wireless Cable Modem Gateway Model# SBG900

    NEC Infrontia Corporation     -    NEC MiniPCI Module# UGJZ1-3

    NETGEAR, Inc.
    -    Broadband ProSafe 802.11g Wireless Firewall/Print
          Server Model# FWG114P

    Nomadix     -    AG-2000w

    Philips     -    Philips 802.11a/g WLAN mPCI reference design SA5250/1 mPCI

    Planex Communications Inc.     -    Planex PCMCIA Card Model# GWNS11X     -    Planex 802.11b PC Card Model# GW-NS54G     -    Wireless-G Access Point / WAP54G v2

    Pronto Networks     -    Hotspot Controller Model# PN-CPP202LE

    Proxim Corporation     -    Proxim ORINOCO AP-2000 Access Point

    Ralink Technology Corp.     -    Ralink 802.11b Wireless LAN PC Card Model# RT2400CB

    Realtek Semiconductor Corp.     -    Realtek RTL8180 11M WLAN NIC Adapter-2 / RTL8180-NIC2

    Sharp Labs of America     -    Sharp 802.11g WLAN miniPCI module CE-WL09     -    Sharp Access Point Model# HG-02S

    Sony Corporation     -    Sony LAN PC Card Model# PCWA-C300S     -    MiniPCI PCG Series Model# 17617846     -    MiniPCI PCG Series Model# 1761784     -    Sony PCWA-A820 Wireless LAN Access Point     -    Sony PCWA-DE80 Wireless LAN     -    Sony PCWA-C800S Wireless LAN PC Card

    Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, AB     -    GC79 MiniPCI Card Model# FAE-1021011-BV

    Victor Company of Japan, Limited     -    Compact Flash Card Model# MP-PVKCJ

    See Wi-Fi at CES

    Wi-Fi based wireless LANs will be on display at CES (CES Meeting Place, South Hall 3/4, Room 21960), January 8-11, 2004, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.

    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┬Ö public access locations go to www.wi-fizone.org.

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