In the latest update to its program for certifying Wi-Fi-enabled devices, the Wi-Fi Alliance industry group is expanding the features it certifies to include “wave 2” support for multi-gigabit speeds and greater network capacity.
A non-profit business network of companies that develop and produce technologies for wireless connectivity, the Wi-Fi Alliance doesn’t set industry standards, but does back certified “seals of approval” to verify that products meet certain performance levels. Under its wave 2 expansion, the organization is adding certification for more advanced features that Wi-Fi-enabled devices will need to support.
According to the alliance, the most-anticipated new feature under the new certification is support for MU-MIMO, or multi-user multiple input multiple output, networking. That feature enables multiple devices to all send data wirelessly at once, rather than having to have their signals managed one at a time.
‘Hyper-Growth Business Enabler’
According to Cisco, which is a member of the Wi-Fi Alliance, wave 2 802.11ac technology is “transformational” because it enables a “significant performance increase” over the previous certification standards. Cisco describes wave 2 as a business enabler that will make it easier to drive “hyper growth” in the use of mobile video, high-speed file and data transfers, and faster use of more devices on the network.
“In today’s world, people have more Wi-Fi devices per person and per household, and those devices require significantly more bandwidth,” Wi-Fi Alliance president and CEO Edgar Figueroa said today in a statement. “Wi-Fi Alliance updated the Wi-Fi Certified ac program to meet increasing user demands and to stay ahead of emerging applications, while preserving interoperability.”
Other new features added with the newly updated certification include a doubling of maximum channel bandwidth from 80 MHz channels to 160 MHz and support for more channels in 5 GHz. The expanded channel support, “makes more efficient use…