The IEEE 802.11b wireless networking standard is known by a variety of monikers — there’s AirPort if you’re an Apple user, Wireless Ethernet, or, perhaps its most ubiquitous handle, Wi-Fi. Whatever you call it, it works the same way — though some names are easier to remember than others.
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The significance of this isn’t lost on the consortium formerly known as the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance, or WECA. The group today announced that it has a new name that it hopes is easier to remember — Wi-Fi Alliance — along with a new Web site.
The site features new content to help consumers looking for straight answers about Wi-fi, including searching functionality, a glossary, info on how to set up a wireless LAN, a networking overview and more.
Founded in 1999, the Wi-Fi Alliance is open to all companies that support the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi5 standards. The company has more than 140 members, including Apple, and lists more than 300 compatible Wi-Fi products.