The Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA) announced today that 306 Wi-Fi product certifications have been awarded to 75 WECA member companies’ products since March of 2000.
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Wi-Fi is the de facto “seal of interoperability” for IEEE 802.11b-compliant High Rate wireless LAN products. IEEE 802.11b is an industry standard for wireless networking products, and Apple has been a pioneer in its adoption with the development of AirPort cards and base stations.
The rate of Wi-Fi Wireless LAN certifications continues to increase as additional product types like USB adapters are developed, according to WECA chairman Dennis Eaton. This certification rate is expected to continue to increase as additional product categories are created and Wi-Fi certifies other types of wireless LAN technology, he added.
WECA is a nonprofit organization formed in 1999 to certify interoperability of Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b) and to promote it as the global, wireless LAN standard across all market segments.
WECA 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 WECA is open to all companies that support the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi5 standards.
What’s more, WECA has 11 new members, which brings total membership to 147 companies. New members are Adjungo Networks, Bermai, Binatone, Chou Chin Industrial, Giga-Byte Technology, Lantech Computer Company, Marvell Semiconductor, Planex Communications, SUNNY Bell Technology, Tecom, and Thomson Multimedia.