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

September 22, 2022
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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 for more information.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ and Wi-Fi 6E

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. This generation of Wi-Fi also enables cutting-edge services like AR/VR/XR to operate without lag or compromised quality.

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. Along with enhancing the user experience, Passpoint enables data offload and allows operators to provide secure guest, public, or venue Wi-Fi networks while also offering a mechanism for provisioning devices.

Take a comprehensive look at Passpoint.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Location™ 

Wi-Fi Location™ allows operators to monetize Wi-Fi networks, as well as support business intelligence, offer location-based services, navigate indoors, and support self-locating access points (APs) for 6 GHz standard power operation.

Learn more about Wi-Fi Location.

Wi-Fi Device Metrics

Wi-Fi Device Metrics provides a consistent methodology and framework for characterizing device performance across a diverse set of use cases to help identify best fit devices. By utilizing this framework, operators can evaluate devices more thoroughly in order to select devices that will offer a better customer experience.

Explore Wi-Fi Device Metrics.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED QoS Management™

To help ensure users do not experience lagging connectivity or high latency, Wi-Fi QoS Management™ facilitates coordination of QoS policies across networks (Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and 5G) by allowing client devices, applications, and network managers to prioritize traffic streams. 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.

WPA3™ and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Enhanced Open™

WPA3™ and Wi-Fi Enhanced Open™ provide enhanced security for Wi-Fi networks. WPA3 adds new features to simplify Wi-Fi security, enable more robust authentication, deliver increased cryptographic strength for highly sensitive data markets, and maintain resiliency of mission critical networks. Wi-Fi Enhanced Open networks provide unauthenticated data encryption to users, an improvement over traditional open networks with no protections at all.

Learn more about WPA3 and Wi-Fi Enhanced Open.

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 EasyMesh™ extends Wi-Fi coverage in the home by utilizing multiple APs to form a unified network. Wi-Fi EasyMesh benefits operators by delivering full coverage networks that intelligently manage resources with minimal user intervention.

Discover how Wi-Fi EasyMesh expands home networks.


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