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Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ advancements give operators more specialized choices for better connectivity

September 22, 2022 by The Beacon

Wi-Fi® adoption at home and work continues to grow, with Research and Markets projecting that the global Wi-Fi market will expand from $24.2 billion in 2021 to $54.53 billion in 2027. With a growing number of devices and users relying on video conferencing, augmented- and virtual-reality (AR/VR), and ultrahigh definition streaming, an elevated level of network optimization is necessary.

To meet this increasing need for Wi-Fi excellence, operators must leverage the tremendous innovations developed by the Wi-Fi industry. Choosing Wi-Fi products that have attained Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ status will allow operators to achieve higher performance, reduce costs, and boost revenue by eliminating inefficiencies and enabling better coordination across device and network policies.

Below is a list of certifications recommended for devices on a managed network. Please visit https://www.wi-fi.org/discover-wi-fi/operators for more information.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™

A Wi-Fi 6 certification — which can also include Wi-Fi 6E to bring Wi-Fi to the 6 GHz band — provides unparalleled capacity, efficiency, coverage, and performance whether you’re powering a corporate office, a stadium, or a small coffee shop.

Learn how Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-FI 6E bring quality connectivity to any environment.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint®

Passpoint® eliminates the hassle of reconnecting to a Wi-Fi network that a user has previously visited by providing secure, automatic discovery and authentication — i.e., no user action at all. Along with enhancing the user experience, Passpoint also helps operators of enterprise networks by enabling mobile data offload, device provisioning and credential management, and more.

Take a comprehensive look at Passpoint.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED QoS Management™

To help ensure users do not experience lagging connectivity, Wi-Fi QoS Management™ facilitates coordination of QoS policies across networks by allowing client devices, applications, and network managers to prioritize traffic flows. For example, Wi-Fi QoS Management would prioritize high bandwidth activities, such as videoconferencing, over bulk data traffic like email.

Learn the key features of the Wi-Fi QoS Management certification.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Agile Multiband™   

Wi-Fi Agile Multiband™ increases mobility and enables devices to better respond to changing network conditions by guiding client devices as they manage spectrum resources and balance the network load. With Wi-Fi 6E, the potential for this certification multiplies because more frequency bands are available for use.

Read more about the Wi-Fi Agile Multiband certification.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Optimized Connectivity™

By reducing airtime overhead and enabling faster authentication to the selected access point (AP), Wi-Fi Optimized Connectivity™ enables users to experience quality connections throughout their roaming experience within and across networks.

Discover the performance gains available through a Wi-Fi Optimized Connectivity certification.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Data Elements™

Wi-Fi Data Elements™ helps service providers proactively identify and solve problems — often before customers even notice them — by establishing a standardized set of the most important key performance indicators for Wi-Fi network health, such as the number of devices on a network, bandwidth usage, signal strength measurements, and free airtime.

Find out more about Wi-Fi Data Elements.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Vantage™

Wi-Fi Vantage™ bundles the most critical certifications for managed networks, helping operators identify and select devices that provide fast, secure access to Wi-Fi while maintaining quality connections.

Learn how Wi-Fi Vantage offers the most optimal Wi-Fi experience available.

Selecting and requesting products with these certifications is the first step toward offering an outstanding user experience and managing complex networks and devices with ease. For a full list of Wi-Fi Alliance certifications, please visit https://www.wi-fi.org/discover-wi-fi.

 

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