Wi-Fi For Enterprise
Wi-Fi is becoming the core of enterprise networks - the current generation of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED devices offers the security and performance that network managers expect along with five times the throughput and twice the range of legacy Wi-Fi equipment. When combined with the increased productivity and flexibility of a mobile workforce, and the option to stage capital investments as your network grows, Wi-Fi is a compelling choice.
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED programs provide a third-party seal of approval for interoperability and security of enterprise-grade equipment. The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED interoperability certificate is the definitive record of a product's testing.
What Enterprise users want today - Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n
The update to the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n program released in September 2009 adds support for new optional features while preserving interoperability with hundreds of devices certified to the earlier draft-n program. The updated program expands the reach and relevance of 802.11n with features that can deliver performance across the full breadth of device profiles.
The efficiencies and enhancements in the features included in Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n, combined with the quality-of-service capabilities of WMM® (Wi-Fi Multimedia™) improve the quality of Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) and increase the number of simultaneous calls on the air link. Transmission enhancements based on MIMO (multiple input multiple output) and STBC, improve reception even for single receiver Wi-Fi phones by reducing error rates and improving range. Mission-critical enterprise applications, such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) access, collaboration tools, voice and video conferencing, all benefit from the increased throughput and range while relying on the next generation security protections.
Enterprise networks benefit from the improved throughput and longer reach of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n devices. Faster transmissions allow stations to get on and off the air more quickly. Legacy clients in the network can benefit from better coverage provided by the 802.11n access points and they can also gain increased access as the new 802.11n devices transfer their data faster.
Learn about Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n for Enterprise:
- Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ n: Longer-Range, Faster-Throughput, Multimedia-Grade Wi-Fi® Networks (2009)
- 802.11n: Enterprise Deployment Considerations, Burton Group (2008)
- Press Release
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Voice-Enterprise – voice quality and bandwidth management tools for the enterprise
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Voice-Enterprise, introduced in 2012, defines the requirements for enterprise-grade voice quality, mobility, power saving and security. The Voice-Enterprise program is designed to meet the needs of enterprise networks that are larger in size, require support for advanced WPA2-Enterprise security mechanisms, support fast transitions between APs and management tools for voice applications.
The Voice-Enterprise program requires certification for WMM-Admission Control, providing bandwidth management tools for optimizing voice delivery. WMM-Admission Control manages traffic streams depending on the availability of network resources, taking into account network load and channel conditions.
With the Wi-Fi Voice-Personal certification program as a foundation, Voice Enterprise certification testing adds support for mobility within large Wi-Fi networks. It leverages the Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM), WMM-Power Save, and WMM-Admission Control certification programs for quality of service (QoS), the enterprise-grade security provided by Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) Enterprise, plus radio resource measurement, fast basic service set (BSS) transition, and wireless network management features.
Learn about Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Voice-Enterprise:
- Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ Voice-Enterprise: Delivering Wi-Fi® voice to the enterprise
- Voice-Enterprise Q&A
- Press release
Learn about Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Security:
- The State of Wi-Fi® Security: Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ WPA2™ Delivers Advanced Security to Homes, Enterprises and Mobile Devices (September 2009)