The Wi-Fi Alliance (Mountain View, Calif.) announced plans for Wi-Fi certification of products based on the IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering) 802.11g amendment to the IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN standard; certification will begin after the IEEE has approved the final standard.
"Wireless LAN product interoperability is fundamental to a good user experience," said Dennis Eaton, chairman of the Wi-Fi Allliance. "That is why the Alliance is committed to providing users with an indicator of quality for wireless LAN technology as it evolves. To do this, we need to work on new interoperability tests ahead of time. Therefore, we have already started development of the Wi-Fi certification program for IEEE 802.11g products even though the standard is not finalized.
"As more products include wireless LAN technology," Eaton continued, "users are often not able to choose which vendor's product is used in their laptop at work, at a favorite public-access venue or even in consumer electronics devices. Although the Alliance expects products based on the 802.11g draft amendment to be used in these and older applications, we will only certify products after the standard amendment is approved."
The IEEE 802.11g draft amendment currently includes both mandatory and optional components; the Alliance plans on certifying all mandatory features, including backward interoperability with Wi-Fi-certified 802.11b products and simultaneous operation of IEEE 802.11b and 802.11g devices in a mixed network. Optional elements include support for the 54Mbps data rate and other features that will optimize performance and network utilization.
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