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WECA Issues First Round of Wi-Fi Certification

The Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA, www.wi-fi.org) awarded the first Wi-Fi certifications for wireless LAN product interoperability.

This certification means that wireless LAN products bearing the Wi-Fi logo manufactured by different vendors will be compatible and work together out of the box.

The Wi-Fi logo, a new consumer brand identity, serves as the seal of interoperability for IEEE 802.11b High Rate wireless LAN products.

The products granted approval in the first round of certification include:

  • 3Com Corp.’s (www.3com.com) AirConnect 11Mbps Wireless LAN PC Card and AirConnect 11Mbps Wireless LAN Access Point.
  • Enterasys Networks Inc.’s (www.enterasys.com), RoamAbout 802.11b DS High Rate PC Card -- RoamAbout AccessPoint 2000.
  • Cisco Systems Inc.’s (www.cisco.com) Aironet 340 Series Access Point with the Aironet 340 Series Wireless PC Card.
  • Compaq Computer Corp.’s (www.compaq.com) WL100 11 Mbps Wireless LAN PC Card and WL400 11 Mbps Wireless LAN Hardware Access Point.
  • Lucent Technologies Inc.’s (www.lucent.com) ORINOCO PC Card – Gold, ORINOCO PC Card - Silver and ORINOCO WavePOINT-II Access Point.
  • Symbol Technologies Inc.’s (www.symbol.com) Spectrum24 High Rate 11Mbps Wireless LAN PC Card and Spectrum24 High Rate 11Mbps Access Point.
  • Zoom Telephonics Inc.’s (www.zoom.com) ZoomAir Wireless PC Card and ZoomAir Wireless Software Access Point.

Several other products are in testing now, and many more are expected this year, according to WECA.

About the Author

Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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