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Wi-Fi Alliance(R) Certifies More Than 200 Products for Wi-Fi Protected Setup(TM) Enabling Easy Setup of Consumer Wi-Fi Networks

Certification program expanded to include Near-Field Communication method to set up and protect Wi-Fi networks

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wi-Fi Alliance today announced that more than 200 products have achieved the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM) seal of approval for Wi-Fi Protected Setup. This program, launched in January 2007, helps consumer and small-business users more easily set up Wi-Fi networks with strong security protections. The 200-product milestone reflects wide industry commitment to delivering the best user experience with Wi-Fi technology.

Products certified for Wi-Fi Protected Setup include dual-mode Wi-Fi/cellular phones, Wi-Fi enabled printers, and more than 80 products featuring next-generation Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n draft 2.0 technology. More than half of the devices are also certified for WMM(R) (Wi-Fi Multimedia) Quality of Service, which optimizes them for voice, gaming, and multimedia applications.

"As consumers increasingly demand Wi-Fi connectivity, not just in laptops, but also in phones and entertainment devices, it's more important than ever that it be easy to connect and protect those devices," said Wi-Fi Alliance executive director Edgar Figueroa. "Wi-Fi Protected Setup reduces by half the steps involved in setting up a Wi-Fi network, and consumers should look for Wi-Fi Protected Setup icon on products bearing the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED logo."

"Because it dramatically eases the network configuration process, Wi-Fi Protected Setup enables further proliferation of Wi-Fi in consumer electronics and handsets," said Kurt Scherf, vice president and principal analyst with Parks Associates. "We expect more and more of those devices to ship with Wi-Fi on board, and it's good to see that the industry has embraced this tool to make Wi-Fi easier for consumers to set up."

The organization has also launched testing support for NFC (Near-Field Communication) as an additional Wi-Fi Protected Setup network configuration method. In the NFC method, a user touches a card or token to designated areas on an access point and a client device to connect them. NFC joins two previously-tested mechanisms, push-button and PIN entry, to simplify the process of joining devices to a security-enabled Wi-Fi network.

Like the push-button method, the NFC technique is especially useful to connect devices that don't have a keyboard-oriented user interface, such as cameras, gaming devices, and other consumer electronics. Manufacturers now have even more flexibility in how to deploy Wi-Fi Protected Setup, ultimately giving consumers more choice when they buy Wi-Fi CERTIFIED phones and consumer electronics.

A list of all products Wi-Fi CERTIFIED for Wi-Fi Protected Setup, as well as a free white paper which describes the specification in detail, is available at http://www.wi-fi.org/.

About the Wi-Fi Alliance

The Wi-Fi Alliance is a global, non-profit industry association of more than 300 member companies devoted to promoting the growth of wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs). With the aim of enhancing the user experience for wireless portable, mobile, and home entertainment devices, the Wi-Fi Alliance's testing and certification programs help ensure the interoperability of WLAN products based on the IEEE 802.11 specification. Since the introduction of the Wi-Fi Alliance's certification program in March 2000, more than 4,000 products have been designated as Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM), encouraging the expanded use of Wi-Fi products and services across the consumer and enterprise markets.

Wi-Fi(R), Wi-Fi Alliance(R), WMM(R), the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED logo, the Wi-Fi logo, and the Wi-Fi ZONE logo are registered trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance; Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM), Wi-Fi Protected Setup(TM), Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)(TM), Wi-Fi Multimedia(TM), and the Wi-Fi Alliance logo are trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

The Wi-Fi Alliance

CONTACT: Michael Diamond of Edelman, +1-650-762-2959,
[email protected], for The Wi-Fi Alliance

Web site: http://www.wi-fi.org/

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