Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Agile Multiband™ enables intelligent Wi-Fi® networks

Wi-Fi Agile Multiband™ brings consistent connectivity in changing Wi-Fi network environments

Austin, TX – December 12, 2017 – Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Agile Multiband™ is a new certification program from Wi-Fi Alliance® that enables devices to utilize Wi-Fi® network resources better, and networks to adapt and balance load as network conditions change. Wi-Fi Agile Multiband™ devices dynamically exchange information about a network environment, enabling devices to make smarter decisions and quicker connections in home, enterprise, and managed network environments. Wi-Fi Agile Multiband delivers new capabilities that provide a better experience with both static use cases, such as streaming a high-definition movie, and mobile use cases such as Wi-Fi calling.

Based on global standards, such as IEEE 802.11 k, v, u, r, and Wi-Fi Alliance® defined technologies, Wi-Fi Agile Multiband brings a standardized approach to efficient Wi-Fi network resource management that also ensures interoperability across device vendors. Key benefits of Wi-Fi Agile Multiband include:

  • Dynamic monitoring (i.e. exchanging network information): Constant, parallel network information exchange about the Wi-Fi radio environment enables client devices to evaluate the best access point (AP), band, or channel connection, avoiding issues with devices that stick to a particular AP longer than appropriate
  • Intelligent steering (i.e. making informed network loading): Mechanisms allow APs to intelligently guide clients to less congested or recommended APs, frequency bands, and channels to balance network traffic and meet other management needs
  • Fast network transitions (i.e. authenticating quicker): Faster, secure roaming while traversing a network delivers improved mobility and better experiences with latency-sensitive applications such as voice-over Wi-Fi and mobile video streaming

“Today’s Wi-Fi delivers connectivity to services and content for many devices in different environments,” said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance. “Wi-Fi Agile Multiband brings new capabilities that increase network and device performance and ultimately provide a better Wi-Fi user experience.”

The first Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Agile Multiband products which comprise the test bed for interoperability certification are:

  • Broadcom BCM4361 11ac STA Reference Design
  • Intel® Home Wi-Fi Chipset-based 802.11ac 4-stream Concurrent Dual Band Router 
  • Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
  • Marvell 802.11ac Wave2 Wi-Fi Test Bed Evaluation Kit
  • MediaTek MT7621A+MT7615 802.11abgn/ac Ref. AP
  • Ruckus R710 Access Point
  • Ruckus ZoneDirector™ 1200 Controller
  • Qualcomm® mobile Wi-Fi AC2 chipset

For more information, including a technology overview and technology highlights, please visit: https://www.wi-fi.org/discover-wi-fi/wi-fi-agile-multiband


About Wi-Fi Alliance®
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 certified more than 35,000 Wi-Fi products. 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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