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Wi-Fi Alliance Will Not Certify Pre-Standard 802.11n Features
Posted: 12-Oct-2004 [Source: Wi-Fi Alliance]

[No IEEE 802.11n products expected to exist until the standard is completed in late 2006.]

Austin, TX -- The Wi-Fi Alliance announced that it will not certify data rate enhancement features based on the IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers) 802.11n amendment to the 802.11 wireless LAN standard until the standard is ratified. No IEEE 802.11n products currently exist, and none are expected to exist until the standard is completed in approximately two years (November 2006). Due to the potential for customer confusion, the Wi-Fi Alliance strongly discourages use of the term "IEEE 802.11n" in association with any Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM) product.

To help assure that Wi-Fi technology users continue to have a positive experience, the Wi-Fi Alliance will revoke the Wi-Fi certification of any product with claims of IEEE 802.11n capabilities if that product is proven to adversely impact the interoperability of other Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products. This decision is an implementation of the Wi-Fi Alliance's feature Extensions Policy (www.wi-fi.org/wi-fi_alliance_extensions_policy) that was announced on July 19th of this year.

"Pre-standard products always present an inherent risk for technology adopters, and that is why we will not certify 802.11n products until the IEEE standard is finalized," said Wi-Fi Alliance Managing Director, Frank Hanzlik.

Gartner's Ken Dulaney, a leading analyst covering wireless LANs added, "Vendors took advantage of unsuspecting buyers when they touted pre-standard technology for 802.11g that later did not meet the standard. Left unchecked, the industry is unfortunately poised to repeat itself with 802.11n. With this announcement, however, the Wi-Fi Alliance demonstrates its commitment to ensuring that the Wi-Fi logo stands for product integrity and true interoperability. We intend to support the organization's stance using the full power of our influence with our clients."

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