New Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6® testing to support authorization of 6 GHz Standard Power Devices

Austin, Texas, - August 7, 2023 – Wi-Fi Alliance® is augmenting Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6® testing protocols to support the regulatory authorization process of 6 GHz standard power devices pursuant to recently published Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) guidance. Release of this new testing allows product vendors and service providers to verify that the 6 GHz standard power devices meet the technical requirements in Part 15, Subpart E of the FCC rules pertaining to operations under control of the Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC) system.  

Wi-Fi Alliance members undergoing Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 testing can leverage nine Wi-Fi Alliance accredited Authorized Test Laboratories (ATL) – that are also FCC-recognized accredited test labs –– to efficiently complete regulatory testing of their 6 GHz standard power devices. 

Certification for Wi-Fi 6E devices, as part of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6, helps ensure products meet high standards for interoperability, security, and a range of application specific protocols. Wi-Fi® interoperability in 6 GHz promotes worldwide innovation and a diverse 6 GHz ecosystem. With the new standard power device testing capability, members can maximize efficiency and expediency in obtaining regulatory equipment authorization, while ensuring their devices meet high Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ standards.   

Wi-Fi Alliance is leading the development of specifications, test plans, and training modules to enable implementation of 6 GHz standard power devices under control of the AFC system, and this new capability further underscores our work goal to drive the broadest possible adoption of 6 GHz. The AFC system approach maximizes spectrum availability for license-exempt devices, such as Wi-Fi, by dynamically determining channel availability at specified locations to avoid and protect licensed operations in the 6 GHz frequency band.  

Additional information is available through our website: Wi-Fi Alliance 6 GHz AFC Resources    

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Wi-Fi Alliance® is the worldwide network of companies that brings you Wi-Fi®. Members of our collaboration forum come together from across the Wi-Fi ecosystem with the shared vision to connect everyone and everything, everywhere, while providing the best possible user experience. Since 2000, Wi-Fi Alliance has completed more than 75,000 Wi-Fi certifications. The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ seal of approval designates products with proven interoperability, backward compatibility, and the highest industry-standard security protections in place. Today, Wi-Fi carries more than half of the internet’s traffic in an ever-expanding variety of applications. Wi-Fi Alliance continues to drive the adoption and evolution of Wi-Fi, which billions of people rely on every day.

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