Programs

Since 2000, Wi-Fi Alliance® members have certified more than 20,000 products. Through industry-developed comprehensive testing, the Wi-Fi Alliance certification program ensures that Wi-Fi® products from multiple manufacturers work well together. Wi-Fi Alliance certification programs are foundational to the rapid adoption of Wi-Fi products in homes, offices, and public access locations around the world and continue to be at the foundation of the technology’s proliferation.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ products deliver interoperability, industry-standard security protections, and the latest technology. In short – Wi-Fi CERTIFIED means the best user experience, regardless of brand.  For retailers, vendors, and service providers, our seal of approval means higher customer satisfaction rates, fewer support calls, and fewer product returns.

Our certification programs cover the following categories:

Connectivity

Today’s Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products connect with those certified in 2000. All Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products are backward-compatible with earlier versions operating in the same frequency band.

  • Interoperable connectivity: Wi-Fi CERTIFIED a in 5 GHz and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED b/g in 2.4 GHz
  • Advanced Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n in both 2.4 and 5 GHz for high-performance Wi-Fi networking
  • Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac, the very latest version of Wi-Fi in 5 GHz, pushing Wi-Fi past the gigabit-per-second data rate milestone for network capacity
  • Wi-Fi Direct®: Allows Wi-Fi client devices that connect directly without use of an access point, to enable applications such as printing, content sharing, and display. Wi-Fi Direct certifies products which implement technology defined in the Wi-Fi Peer-to-Peer Technical Specification. Application Service Platform and optional services are defined in the Wi-Fi Peer-to-Peer Services Technical Specification.

Security

  • WPA2™ (Wi-Fi Protected Access® 2): Wi-Fi wireless network security offers government-grade security mechanisms for both personal and enterprise environments
  • EAP (Extensible Authentication Protocol): A set of authentication mechanisms used to validate the identity of network devices in the enterprise
  • Protected Management Frames: Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WPA2 with Protected Management Frames extends WPA2 protection to unicast and multicast management action frames, which is playing an increasing role in advanced Wi-Fi applications

Access

  • Passpoint™: Enables SIM and non-SIM mobile devices to discover, select and connect to Wi-Fi networks without user intervention. Passpoint devices “see behind” the SSID (network name) to select a network based on ownership, services and performance characteristics. Wi-Fi network connections use an enhanced set of industry-standard WPA2 security protections; compatibility with legacy devices can be retained through deployment of multiple SSIDs. Passpoint certifies products which implement technology defined in the Wi-Fi Alliance Hotspot 2.0 Technical Specification. The technology behind Passpoint is foundational to Wi-Fi roaming and has been specified by both Wireless Broadband Alliance and the GSMA Terminal Steering Group.
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup™: Facilitates easy set-up of security features using a Personal Identification Number (PIN) or other defined methods within the Wi-Fi device. Wi-Fi Protected Setup certifies products which implement technology defined in the Wi-Fi Simple Configuration Technical Specification.
  • IBSS with Wi-Fi Protected Setup: Enables ad-hoc connections between devices to complete tasks such as file printing or sharing. Designed to ease setup of connection for devices with limited user interface. IBSS with Wi-Fi Protected Setup certifies products which implement technology defined in the IBSS with Wi-Fi Protected Setup Specification.

Applications and Services

  • Miracast®: Provides seamless display of content between devices, regardless of brand, without cables or a network connection. Miracast certifies products which implement technology defined in the Wi-Fi Display Technical Specification.
  • Voice-Enterprise: Supports a good experience with voice applications over Wi-Fi, enabling fast transitions between access points and providing management. Voice-Enterprise builds on the Voice-Personal certification features.
  • Voice-Personal: Voice over Wi-Fi  extends beyond interoperability testing to test the performance of products and help ensure that they deliver good voice quality over the Wi-Fi link

Optimization

  • TDLS (Tunneled Direct Link Setup): Allows network-connected devices to create a secure, direct link to transfer data more efficiently
  • WMM® (Wi-Fi Multimedia™): Support for multimedia content over Wi-Fi networks enabling Wi-Fi networks to prioritize traffic generated by different applications using Quality of Service (QoS) mechanisms. WMM certifies products which implement technology defined in the WMM Technical Specification.
  • WMM-Admission Control: Enhanced bandwidth management tools to optimize the delivery of voice and other traffic in Wi-Fi networks. WMM-Admission Control certifies products which implement technology defined in the WMM Technical Specification.
  • WMM-Power Save: Power savings for multimedia content over Wi-Fi networks - helps conserve battery life while using voice and multimedia applications by managing the time the device spends in sleep mode

RF Coexistence

  • CWG-RF: Developed with CTIA®, this is a test program developed for converged devices with both Wi-Fi and cellular technology. The testing provides detailed information about the performance of the Wi-Fi radio in a converged handset, as well as how the cellular and Wi-Fi radios interact with one another. Although this test program is not an element of Wi-Fi certification, completion of the testing is mandatory for Wi-Fi enabled handsets seeking CTIA certification.

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