Wi-Fi Protected Access Security Sees Strong Adoption

Mountain View, CA, February 3, 2004 - The Wi-Fi Alliance announced today that over 175 products from over 40 of the worlds leading technology manufacturers have received Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) security certification since testing began in April of 2003. WPA is the current state-of-the-art wireless LAN security technology. The Wi-Fi Alliance has taken the proactive move of requiring WPA for all Wi-Fi certifications awarded since September 2003. A useful online resource for Wi-Fi Protected Access security can be found at www.wi-fi.org/wpa.

 

 

Wi-Fi Protected Access is the security replacement for WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy). Since WEP can be compromised, it should not be considered a secure mechanism to protect Wi-Fi wireless LAN traffic. The Wi-Fi Alliance recommends that WPA be enabled in wireless LAN applications where data security is a concern. WPA has proven to be a very secure and easily implemented security solution. WEP should only be used when a more secure wireless LAN security solution is not available.

 

 

Wi-Fi Protected Access meets the wireless LAN security needs of both enterprises and individuals, said Wi-Fi Alliance Managing Director, Frank Hanzlik. This is a very robust, cross vendor interoperable security technology that is both easier to install than its flawed predecessor WEP and far more secure. The Wi-Fi Alliance recommends that WEP be dropped in favor of WPA for applications as soon as feasible.

 

 

Wi-Fi Protected Access establishes a strong foundation for secure wireless LAN connections. There are also plans to add additional security capabilities to WPA with the next version of WPA called WPA2. Products certified for WPA2 are anticipated to be available in the middle of 2004. However, users need not wait for WPA2. WPA2 is an enhancement, but most business and personal security needs are met by WPA today, Hanzlik added.

 

 

Industry analysts have also found that Wi-Fi Protected Access and Wi-Fi certification have had a positive impact on the security of Wi-Fi technology. Synergy Research has observed that, Until recently, depressed IT spending had a significant negative impact on the market for enterprise wireless products.† Furthermore, security has also been a major concern with Enterprise IT professionals, which has also slowed adoption. However, now that the Wi-Fi Protected Access security solution is available, Synergy has seen a marked increase in Enterprise WLAN sales.

 

 

The first WPA certifications were announced in April of 2003, and the certification saw very rapid adoption by wireless LAN vendors prior to it becoming a mandatory feature in September 2003. The Wi-Fi Alliance made Wi-Fi Protected Access security a requirement for Wi-Fi certification due to the importance of security to the end users. It is also important to recognize that Wi-Fi certification is the only way to be sure that wireless LAN products from different vendors and even the same vendor will work together.

 

 

The Wi-Fi Alliance currently performs four independent interoperability certifications including IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g and Wi-Fi Protected Access in addition to a combination of all of these technologies. Wi-Fi Protected Access has been required for all certification combinations since September of 2003. A searchable database of Wi-Fi Alliance certifications can be found at www.wi-fi.org/certified_products.

 

 

Products awarded the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ logo have undergone rigorous independent testing at one of four labs in Tokyo, Japan; San Jose, California; Winnersh, UK; or Taipei, Taiwan. The Wi-Fi interoperability certification program has become the international standard for providing high-quality interoperability testing for IEEE 802.11-based products.

 

 

Companies obtaining Wi-Fi Protected Access product certification include:

 

 

 
 

3Com
3Com OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point Model# 3CRWE454G72
3Com OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Cable/DSL Gateway Model# 3CRWE554G72
3Com Dual-Band Wireless LAN PC Card Model# 3CRPAG175

 

Accton
Wireless 802.11g MiniPCI Module Model# WN4402A
802.11g 54Mbs Wireless PCI Card Model# WN4201B

 

Agere Systems
Agere 802.11b Wireless LAN PCMCIA Card Type II Model# WL1257

 

Airespace, Inc.
Airespacce 4xxx Switch w/Airespace 12xx AP's

 

Apple Computer, Inc.
Apple Access Point Model# AirPort Extreme AP
Apple Airport Extreme Base Station

 

AT&T
AT&T Plug&Share 54Mbps Wireless Notebook Adapter Model# 6700G
AT&T Plug&Share 54 Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter Model# 6500G

 

Atheros Communications Inc.
Atheros AR5001X + Universal 802.11a/b/g Wireless Network Adapter

 

Broadcom Corporation
Broadcom 54g AP Reference Design - BCM94306-GAP
Broadcom 802.11g CardBus Reference Design - BCM94306CB

 

Buffalo, Inc. AirStation Access Point Model# WBR2-G54
AirStation Access Point Model# WHR2-G54
AirStation Access Point Model#WHR-G54V
Melco AirStation G54 Broadband Base Station Model# WBR-G54
Melco AirStation 54Mbps Wireless Notebook Adapter-g Model# WLI-CB-G54(A)
Melco AirStation 54Mbps Wireless Notebook Adapter-g Model# WLI-CB-G54
Melco AirStation G54 Wireless PCI Card with External Antennae Model# WLI-PCI-G54

 

Cisco Systems
Cisco Access Point AIR-AP1230B
Cisco Access Point Model# AIR-AP1120B
Cisco Aironet 2.4/5 GHz 54Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter Air-P121a/g

 

Cisco-Linksys, LLC
Linksys Wireless-G Access Point Model# WAP54G
Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router Model# WRT54G
Linksys WRT54G v2
Linksys Dual-Band Wireless A+G Notebook Adapter Model# WPC55AG
Linksys Wireless Network PC Card Model# WPC11 ver. 3.0
Linksys Wireless-B Notebook Adapter Model# WPC11 V4
Linksys Wireless-B PCI Adapter Model# WMP11 V4
Linksys Wireless-G Notebook Adapter Model# WPC54G
Linksys Dual-Band Wireless A+G PCI Adapter Model# WMP55AG
Linksys Wireless-G PCI Adapter Model# WMP54G
Linksys WirelessG USB Network Adapter Model# WUSB54G

 

Corega K.K.
Corega 802.11g PC Card Model# CG-WLCB54GT

 

Dell
Dell TrueMobile Wireless Broadband Router Model #2300
TrueMobile 802.11b/g Enterprise Access Point Model# 1170
Dell True MobileDell TrueMobile 1150 Series PC Card
Dell TrueMobile 1150 Series Mini-PCI Card
Dell TrueMobile 1300 MiniPCI Module
Dell TrueMobile 1400 MiniPCI Module
Dell TrueMobile USB2.0 Adapter Model# 1300

 

Enfora
WP802b

 

Envara
WiND512 USB 2.0 Hardware Reference Design

 

Fujitsu Corporation
Access Point Module# CP182728-01
FMV-BIBLO LOOX T50G/W
FMV-BIBLO LOOX T55G
FMV-BIBLO MG70G
FMV-BIBLO MG70G/ST
FMV-BIBLO MG70GN
FMV-BIBLO MG75G
Fujitsu MiniPCI Module Model# MBH7WL01-M
Fujitsu MiniPCI Module Model# WLL3050-D50-M
LifeBook C2230
LifeBook S2020
LifeBook S6120
LifeBook S6130D
MiniPCI Module/ WM3B2200BG-FJ

 

Gateway
Gateway MiniPCI Card (Part 6002494) Broadcom BCM94306MP

 

GlobespanVirata
Prism Duette CardBus Model#39000C
PRISM Duette PCMCIA Adapter Model# ISL39000C
PRISM GTU USB2.0 Reference Design Model# PRISMGTUAT-OEMKIT
PRISM WorldRadio MiniPCI Module Model# ISL39200M

 

Hewlett-Packard
HP 802.11b Spirit Radio Module Model# 5092-0115
HP Broadcom 54g Max Performance 802.11g MiniPCI Adapter Model# BCM94306MPSGC0
HP MiniPCI Module Model# 54g W450
HP WLAN 802.11a/b/g PCI CARD Model#WL500
HP DeskJet 5850 PN #C8975A
HP DeskJet 5850, PN# C8975B
HP DeskJet 5850, PN# C8975C
HP JetDirect 280m (J6044A)
HP JetDirect 380x (J6061A)
HP JetDirect 680n (J6058A)
HP PSC 2500 Photosmart All-in-One, PN# Q3093A
HP PSC 2510Xi Photosmart All-in-One, PN# Q3095A
HP PSC 2550 Photosmart All-in-One, PN# Q3092A

 

IO-DATA Device, Inc.
WN-AG/CB2
WN-B11/R
WN-G54/CB2

 

IBM
IBM 11a/b/g Wireless CardBus Adapter

 

Inprocomm, Inc.
INPROCOMM IPN2120 Wireless LAN Card
Inprocomm Wireless LAN Cardbus Card Model#IPN2220
Inprocomm LAN MiniPCI Card Model# IPN2120

 

Intel
Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2200BGMWFUJ
Intel(R) PRO/Wireless LAN 2100A MiniPCI Adapter
Intel(R) PRO/Wireless LAN 2200 3B Mini PCI Adapter
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100A LAN MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2100A1
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100A LAN MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2100A1TOS
Intel(R) PRO/Wireless LAN 2200 3B Mini PCI Adapter
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100A LAN MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2100A2
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100A LAN MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2100A2TOS
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100A LAN MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2100A3
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100A LAN MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2100A3TOS
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100A LAN MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2100A4
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100A LAN MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2100A4TOS
Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter WM3A2200BGMWDEL
Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter WM3A2200BGRWDEL
Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2200BGMW

   

Intel (continued)
Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2200BGMWHP
Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2200BGMWIBM
Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2200BGMWSY
Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2200BGMWTOS
Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2200BGMWWB
Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2200BGRW
Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2200BGRWFUJ
Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2200BGRWHP
Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2200BGRWIBMr
Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2200BGRWSY
Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2200BGRWSYJ
Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2200BGRWTOS
Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter WM3B2200BGRWWB
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3A Mini-PCI Adapter WM3A2100NADELL
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3A Mini-PCI Adapter WM3A2100WWDELL, ID# 105899
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter WM3B2100NA
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter WM3B2100NA1
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter WM3B2100NA2
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter WM3B2100NAFJ
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter WM3B2100NASONY
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter WM3B2100NAWB
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter WM3B2100RWHPQ
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter WM3B2100RWHPQ
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter WM3B2100RWTOS
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter WM3B2100WW
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter WM3B2100WWFJ
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter WM3B2100WWHPQ
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter WM3B2100WWIBM
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter WM3B2100WWSONY
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter WM3B2100WWTOS
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini-PCI Adapter WM3B2100WWWB
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100A LAN 3B MiniPCI Adapter

 

Intermec Technologies Corporation
Intermec 802.11b Wireless Compact Flash Adapter - 730
CK30 Handheld Computer Model #CK30
CV60 Vehicle Mounted Terminal
EasyCoderPF, PM, PX-series printer

 

Legra
Legra Switch

 

Marvell Semiconductor Inc.
Marvell AP-32 802.11g Wireless Home Gateway Model# AP-32
Marvell 802.11g Card Bus Client Adapter Model# CB-32

 

MICRO-STAR INT'L CO., LTD.
Wireless .11g USB Adapter Model# MS-6826

 

Microsoft
Microsoft Broadband Networking Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter MN-710

 

Motorola
Motorola 802.11b/g Wireless Access Point Model# WA840G
Motorola Wireless Broadband Router Model# WR850G
Motorola 802.11b PCI Adapter Model# WPC1810G
Motorola Wireless Notebook Adapter Model# WN825G

 

Nomadix
AG-2000w

 

Option
Globetrotter Combo

 

Proxim Corporation
Proxim ORiNOCO AP-2000 Access Point
Proxim ORiNOCO AP-600b/g

 

Ralink Technology Corp.
Ralink 802.11b Wireless LAN PC Card Model# RT2400-CB
RT2500 802.11g wireless LAN card

 

Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
Realtek RTL8180 11M WLAN NIC Adapter-1 / RTL8180-NIC1
Realtek RTL8180 11M WLAN NIC Adapter-2 / RTL8180-NIC2

 

Sharp Labs of America
Sharp Access Point Model# HG-01S
SHARP 802.11g WLAN mini PCI / CE-WL11
Sharp 802.11g WLAN miniPCI module CE-WL09

 

Sony Corporation
Sony PCWA-A820 Wireless LAN Access Point
Sony Wireless LAN PC Card Model# PCWA-C300S
Sony MiniPCI Module PCG Series Model# 1761786

 

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, AB
GC79 Cardbus PC Card Model# FAE-1021011-BV

 

Symbol Technologies
PPT8800 with PPC2003
Symbol Wireless Networker CompactFlash Wireless LAN Adapter Model LA-4137

 

Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Access Point Model# TNETWA-100-APEVM
TNETWA-100-APEVM
Texas Instruments Cardbus Model# TNETW1100-CBEVM
TNETW1100-CBEVM Cardbus

 

TOKO, Inc.
Wireless LAN Card Model# TMW1059

 

Toshiba
Toshiba 802.11 a/b Combo MiniPCI WLAN Module Model# PA3234U-1MPC
Toshiba 802.11a/b/g Combo MiniPCI WLAN MiniPCI Module Model# PA3297U-1MPC
Toshiba 802.11b/g Combo Mini-PCI W-LAN Model# PA3299U-1MPC
Toshiba MiniPCI Module Model# PA3233U-1MPC
Toshiba MiniPCI Module Model# PA3272U-1MPC

 

Victor Company of Japan, Limited
Victor 802.11b MiniPCI Module Model# WM3B2100NAJVC
Victor Company 802.11b MiniPCI Module Model# WM3B2100WWJVC; F/W v. 0.09.023

 

ZyXEL Communications Corporation
CardBus 11Mbps Wireless LAN Card / ZyAIR B-122

 

See Wi-Fi at CeBIT

 

Wi-Fi-based wireless LANs will be on display at CeBIT (Hall 13, Wireless Area Network Exchange Pavilion, Stand #D37, Booth #C6), March 18-24, 2004, at the Hannover Fairgrounds in Hannover, Germany.

 

 

About the Wi-Fi Alliance

 

 

The Wi-Fi Alliance (formerly WECA) is the global Wi-Fi organization that created the Wi-Fi brand. A nonprofit organization, the Alliance was formed in 1999 to certify interoperability of IEEE 802.11 products and to promote them as the global, wireless LAN standard across all market segments.

 

 

The Wi-Fi Alliance has instituted a test suite that defines how member products are tested to certify that they are interoperable with other Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ products. These tests are conducted at an independent laboratory.

 

 

Membership in the Wi-Fi Alliance is open to all companies that support the IEEE 802.11 family of standards. The Wi-Fi Alliance now comprises over 200 members from the worlds leading companies. These companies offer over 1,000 Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ products. For more information, please visit www.wi-fi.org, and for information on Wi-Fi ZONE public access locations go to www.wi-fizone.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background Information:

 

 

WPA Security White Paper: www.wi-fi.org/OpenSection/pdf/Whitepaper_Wi-Fi_Security4-29-03.pdf
WPA Q&A: www.wi-fi.org/OpenSection/pdf/Wi-Fi_Protected_Access_QA.pdf
WPA Overview: www.wi-fi.org/OpenSection/pdf/Wi-Fi_Protected_Access_Overview.pdf
WPA Home Overview: www.wi-fi.org/OpenSection/pdf/WPA_Home_Overview.pdf

 

 

Press and analyst contact:

 

 

C. Brian Grimm
Wave Communications
for Wi-Fi Alliance
910.686.0870
briang@wavecoms.com

 

 

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