Technology Giants Back Wireless Interoperability Initiative.
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 15, 1999--
Alantro, Apple, Breezecom, Cabletron, Compaq, Dell, Intermec, No Wires Needed, Sharewave, Wayport, and Zoom Join Alliance to Certify
and Promote Multi-vendor Interoperability of Wireless LAN A local area network that transmits over the air typically in the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz unlicensed frequency band. It does not require line of sight between sender and receiver. Wireless base stations (access points) are wired to an Ethernet network and transmit a radio frequency over an area Systems
The newly formed Wireless Ethernet The standard for wireless networking within a home or office. Also known as a "Wi-Fi" or "802.11" network, wireless Ethernet is the wireless counterpart to regular, wired Ethernet, which is also the standard for local networks. See 802.11 and wireless LAN. Compatibility Alliance (WECA See Wi-Fi Alliance. ) announced today the addition of eleven leaders from the personal computer, networking, service provider and silicon industries to its membership roster: Alantro, Apple, Breezecom, Cabletron, Compaq, Dell, Intermec, No Wires Needed, Sharewave, Wayport and Zoom.
WECA members have aligned to enable true multi-vendor interoperability of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, New York, www.ieee.org) A membership organization that includes engineers, scientists and students in electronics and allied fields. 802.11 High Rate (HR) Wireless LAN products by certifying that systems from different manufacturers will work together.
In August, WECA founding members 3Com, Aironet, Intersil, Lucent Technologies, Nokia and Symbol Technologies united to drive the adoption of one globally accepted standard for high-speed wireless local area networking: the IEEE 802.11 HR standard. Products built to the new standard operate in the 2.4 GHz radio band and transmit at a raw data rate of 11 Mbps. Unified support of this standard will facilitate the rapid deployment and adoption of these products to ensure global, broadband wireless See wireless broadband. connectivity across the enterprise, small office, public access and home markets.
"WECA is advancing widespread standardization and deployment of IEEE 802.11 HR wireless LAN products," said David Cohen For other persons named David Cohen, see David Cohen (disambiguation).
David Cohen (November 13, 1914 - October 3, 2005), was an American politician, noted for his service in the administration of President Franklin D. , WECA vice chairman. "The simple fact that these industry leaders have rapidly embraced the mission of WECA is proof positive that there is an essential need for such an alliance."
Separately today, WECA also announced the selection of the Silicon Valley Networking Lab , Inc. (SVNL SVNL Silicon Valley Networking Lab
SVNL Suomen Voimanostoliitto Ry (Finland) ) as its interoperability testing lab, and unveiled the Wi-Fi(TM) logo, which will appear on products that are certified by WECA as interoperable.
WECA's mission is to certify interoperability of IEEE 802.11 High Rate wireless networking See wireless network. products and to promote that standard for the enterprise, small business, and the home. WECA will grant a seal of interoperability to vendors upon successful completion of the prescribed test suites. Wireless LAN vendors building products in accordance with the IEEE 802.11 HR specification are encouraged to join and submit products for testing and the seal of interoperability. All companies supporting the IEEE 802.11 HR standard are also encouraged to join the alliance. For more information, http://www.wirelessethernet.org.