Programs

Since 2000, Wi-Fi Alliance® has developed certification programs and technologies that deliver quality Wi-Fi® experiences. Members have completed more than 40,000 certifications. Through industry-developed comprehensive testing, Wi-Fi Alliance certification programs ensure 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 home, office, and public access locations around the world and underpin the success of Wi-Fi technology proliferation.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ products deliver interoperability with the latest technologies, and industry-standard security protections. The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED logo gives consumers confidence that the Wi-Fi devices purchased deliver a good user experience, regardless of brand. For retailers, vendors, and service providers, the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED seal of approval means consistent performance and better user experience for users.

Wi-Fi Alliance certification programs cover the following categories:

Connectivity

Only Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products are backward-compatible with earlier Wi-Fi versions operating in the same frequency band.

  • Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac: Operates in 5 GHz and is capable of gigabit data rates. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac features include enhanced ability in processing a variety of data from multiple sources.
  • Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n: Operates in both 2.4 and 5 GHz. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n is still used today in many Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including wearables and smart televisions.
  • Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WiGig: Utilizes the 60 GHz frequency band to enable extremely high performance, multi-gigabit connectivity and low latency for a range of applications, including wireless docking, augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR), multimedia streaming, gaming, and networking.
  • Wi-Fi Direct®: Allows Wi-Fi client devices to connect directly without use of an access point, enabling 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

  • Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WPA3™: Next generation security capabilities for personal and enterprise Wi-Fi networks; simplifies Wi-Fi security configuration and enhances network security protections.
  • Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WPA2™: Recognized Wi-Fi security mechanisms for both personal and enterprise environments; continued enhancements ensure it delivers strong security protections to Wi-Fi users as the security landscape evolves
  • Wi-Fi Enhanced Open™: Brings data protection to users in open networks without the need for user intervention
  • Protected Management Frames: Protected Management Frames extends security protections to unicast and multicast management action frames, maintaining the resiliency of mission-critical networks

Access

  • 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.
  • 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 Easy Connect™: Simplifies device provisioning and configuration while maintaining network security, making onboarding smart home and IoT devices easier than ever
  • 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.

Applications and Services

  • Miracast®: Provides seamless display of high-definition (HD) and 4K Ultra High-Definition (Ultra HD) 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. Enhancements released in 2017 include 4K Ultra HD support, and extended battery life in mobile devices.
  • 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
  • Wi-Fi Aware™ : Enables devices within Wi-Fi range to detect one another and create independent, peer-to-peer cluster networks to exchange information and services without the need for network infrastructure. Wi-Fi Aware improves on existing peer-to-peer connectivity offerings by delivering here-and-now contextual awareness that empowers users to both find and utilize services that match their interests while on the go. Wi-Fi Aware works well indoors, as well as dynamic and dense environments, without requiring a cellular, infrastructure, or GPS connection.
  • Wi-Fi Location™: Delivers accurate indoor location through Wi-Fi networks, allowing location applications and services to operate indoors

Optimization

  • TDLS (Tunneled Direct Link Setup): Allows network-connected devices to create a secure, direct link to transfer data more efficiently
  • Wi-Fi Agile Multiband™: Enables client devices and access points (APs) to exchange information so the Wi-Fi network can guide devices to the best bands, channels, and APs to maximize system efficiency and provide the best user experience.
  • Wi-Fi EasyMesh™: Brings a standards-based approach to residential and small office Wi-Fi networks that utilize multiple access points. Wi-Fi EasyMesh delivers scalable, smart Wi-Fi networks that are easy to set up and manage.
  • Wi-Fi Optimized Connectivity™: Optimizes roaming and network selection in managed network environments through improved scanning, link quality metric assessment, faster initial authentication, and more efficient transmissions
  • Wi-Fi TimeSync™: Enables accurately timed audio, video, and data across Wi-Fi networks
  • Wi-Fi Vantage™: Provides an ongoing evolution of advanced features to elevate the user experience in managed Wi-Fi networks
  • 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

Additional Capabilities

  • Power saving features: Enhances capabilities of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n by enabling longer battery life for devices through longer sleep periods and more efficient use of network exchanges
  • Wi-Fi Home Design™: Delivers whole home Wi-Fi coverage through builder designed and installed Wi-Fi networks in newly constructed homes 

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