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Why Wi-Fi Certify?

Hoping to establish its place at the top of the wireless broadband heap, the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA) Wednesday said that 38 companies have passed 93 products through rigorous Wi-Fi certification testing.

Each of the products uses a type of local-area networking technology that operates over the 2.4 GHz license-free spectrum.

Come together
The group says this is the largest amount of products to be adapted into the new wireless Ethernet protocol, bringing the technology closer to becoming the industry standard. The products are based on a single wireless LAN standard in the 2.4 GHz Band.

"The Wi-Fi movement and certification process has served to bring together a previously fragmented industry," says WECA vice chairman David Cohen.

Among the companies putting their products to the test are Cisco Systems, Apple Computer, chipmaking giant Intel, 3Com, Compaq, IBM and Nokia.

"We have seen a complete set of industry players from chip producers to integrated manufacturers and consumer product companies put significant effort behind producing Wi-Fi wireless LAN products," says Cohen.

Products awarded the Wi-Fi logo have undergone strict, rigorous and independent testing at Agilent's Silicon Valley Networking Lab (SVNL).

Testing usually takes two to four days per product to complete. The testing assures that products bearing the Wi-Fi logo will work with each other.