Current Work Areas
Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC)
Wi-Fi Alliance is leading the development of specifications and test plans that can help ensure that standard power Wi-Fi devices operate in 6 GHz spectrum under favorable conditions, avoiding interference with incumbent devices as part of an Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC) system.
Wi-Fi Alliance members from across the automotive ecosystem work together to identify and define automotive segment needs and use cases for current and future Wi-Fi technology. The group examines new standards and technologies, and acts as the focal point for developing best practices for Wi-Fi implementation in the automotive market.
Converged Wireless, with CTIA®
The growth in converged mobile devices that include both cellular and Wi-Fi technology created a need to characterize the RF behavior of devices. Building on benchmarking tests introduced in 2007, Wi-Fi Alliance members are exploring further benchmarking of the Wi-Fi RF properties of a device when the device is operating solely on a Wi-Fi network, or operating simultaneously on Wi-Fi and cellular networks, with the goal of providing practices to help both vendors and operators create an optimal user experience. This task group operates jointly with CTIA.
Wi-Fi Alliance members are identifying best practices, guidelines and test plans for performance testing and measurement of device operation in real world consumer and managed network use. Focus is on time-sensitive, real-time applications performance and demand for low latency, high resiliency and consistent performance.
Wi-Fi is a widely adopted wireless access technology in both the home and hospital healthcare segments, as well as an ever-expanding footprint in the growing healthcare and wearable wireless market segments. The healthcare segment group focuses on improving Wi-Fi Alliance visibility into healthcare industry activities in both the clinical and personal segments.
Internet of Things
Wi-Fi Alliance members focus on gathering Wi-Fi market needs and use cases for the burgeoning Internet of Things connected marketplace and provide IoT-focused certification guidance. This forum provides an opportunity for IoT solution providers to input suggestions, insights and end-user feedback to the Wi-Fi industry.
A group of Wi-Fi Alliance members interested in operator Wi-Fi networks meets to outline the specific needs for Wi-Fi in the service provider marketplace. This group defines requirements that align with operators’ needs and provides operator perspective to other task groups and across the Wi-Fi Alliance collaboration forum. Wi-Fi Vantage certification available
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint is an industry-wide solution to streamline Wi-Fi network access while mobile and eliminate the need for users to find and authenticate a network each time they connect. In Wi-Fi networks that do not support Passpoint, users must search for and choose a network, request the connection to the access point (AP) each time, and in many cases, must re-enter their authentication credentials. Passpoint automates that entire process, enabling a seamless connection between hotspot networks and mobile devices, all while delivering the highest WPA2™ and WPA3™ security. Passpoint enables a more cellular-like experience when connecting to Wi-Fi networks.
Enhanced features available in Passpoint make deployment easier with the addition of a single SSID for online sign-up, support for delivering venue specific information to client devices, streamlined solutions for terms and conditions, and support for email-based user IDs. Certification available
Wi-Fi Alliance members are advocating for favorable regulatory policy to support the growing Wi-Fi ecosystem by contributing to regulatory proceedings and consultations worldwide.
With the overarching importance of the need for secure computing environments, Wi-Fi Alliance members are addressing how to ensure Wi-Fi CERTIFIED security mechanisms maintain effective security controls within the Wi-Fi protocol suite. Wi-Fi Alliance constantly works to address known security weaknesses and meet emerging needs in security-sensitive markets with support of additional cryptographic algorithms and policies. Certification available
Based on the developing IEEE 802.11be standard, Wi-Fi 7 will be the next major generational Wi-Fi technology evolution. Wi-Fi 7 focuses on physical (PHY) and medium access control (MAC) improvements capable of supporting a maximum throughput of at least 30 Gbps to increase performance, enable Wi-Fi innovations, and expand use cases. Additional Wi-Fi 7 enhancements will support reduced latency and jitter for time sensitive networking applications including AR/VR, 4K and 8K video streaming, automotive, cloud computing, gaming and video applications, as well as mission critical and industrial applications. As with other Wi-Fi generations, Wi-Fi 7 will be backward compatible and coexist with legacy devices in the 2.4, 5, and 6 GHz spectrum bands.
Wi-Fi Aware enables quick discovery and connection to nearby information and services. Wi-Fi Aware makes it easy to find and use services available in the area that match preferences set by the user and is optimized to work well in crowded environments. Wi-Fi Aware is a key enabler of a personalized social, local, and mobile experience, enabling users to find video gaming opponents, share media content, and access localized information without requiring network infrastructure. Certification available
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED HaLow™
The IEEE 802.11ah standard augments Wi-Fi for device categories and applications with very constrained power requirements and need for long range connectivity. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED HaLow provides an interoperability certification program based on this standard, which uses unlicensed spectrum below 1 GHz. Wi-Fi HaLow technology complements Wi-Fi technologies with longer range, the capability to connect more devices to an access point, and lower power requirements, while maintaining the IP connectivity and high-level security inherent in Wi-Fi today. Certification available
Wi-Fi Data Elements™
Wi-Fi Alliance members have defined a standardized data model that encompasses the key performance indicators for Wi-Fi networks, resulting in better visibility into and troubleshooting for Wi-Fi networks. The focus is the rapid collection of data necessary to respond to the dynamic nature of Wi-Fi in residential, small and midsize business, and operator-managed enterprise deployments. Certification available
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Direct™ was introduced in 2010, and more than 33,000 devices have been certified to date, providing Wi-Fi Direct technology to millions of consumers. With the fast-growing market for wireless display, device share & collaboration, and emerging XR technology, there is a strong demand to update Wi-Fi Direct to leverage new Wi-Fi technologies, such as Wi-Fi 6 and WPA3, to improve the user experience, robustness, and security of the Wi-Fi Direct certification. Certification available
Wi-Fi Easy Connect™
With the increase in Wi-Fi CERTIFIED devices available, end users have the ability to add a more diverse set of devices to their Wi-Fi networks, including a growing range of devices that do not have a rich user interface. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Easy Connect™ enhances the user experience with a simple, secure, and consistent method for onboarding any type of device on a Wi-Fi network. Certification available
Wi-Fi Alliance members are working to enhance residential and small office Wi-Fi coverage with technologies that enable easy to deploy networks consisting of multiple access points (APs). Wi-Fi EasyMesh networks dynamically self-adjust and reconfigure to meet changing demand and conditions, providing expanded, uniform Wi-Fi coverage, constant network monitoring, and autonomous network adjustment. Certification available
Wi-Fi Home Design™
Installing Wi-Fi in homes can be challenging, sometimes resulting in a mismatch between actual coverage and homeowner expectations. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Home Design enables builders and Wi-Fi installers to ensure whole home coverage, with professionally designed and installed Wi-Fi networks integrated into floor plans to deliver a great user experience in new residential installations. Certification available
Wi-Fi Location provides private, high-accuracy location determination when in the vicinity of Wi-Fi Location-enabled networks. Wi-Fi Location allows location-enabled applications to deliver the same great experience indoors as they do outdoors. Certification available
Wi-Fi Optimized Connectivity™
Wi-Fi Optimized Connectivity helps service providers and IT managers deliver a better mobile user experience in managed Wi-Fi network environments in high density environments. Managed networks using Wi-Fi Optimized Connectivity equipment offer shorter connection setup times, reduced airtime overhead, and streamlined mobility when roaming within and across networks. Certification available
Wi-Fi QoS Management™
Wi-Fi QoS Management delivers a consistent, end-to-end approach to Quality of Service (QoS) treatment in Wi-Fi networks by enabling devices, applications, and network managers to prioritize traffic flows and provide robust service delivery and quality experiences with real-time applications. Residential, enterprise, and public networks benefit from Wi-Fi QoS Management, as it provides standardized mechanisms for client applications to request QoS treatment and for network managers to implement QoS policies. Certification available
Wi-Fi Alliance members are working with the XR ecosystem to outline best practices and identify the features needed to best support augmented reality, mixed reality, and virtual reality applications in Wi-Fi networks.