See also: Protocols | Wireless | NAN | LAN

Acronym: Wireless Fidelity

WiFi is a technology requiring the appropriate hardware so that a computer can connect to a network without cables or wires. WiFi is often faster than other transmission methods such as broadband, ADSL and 3G. There are small handheld gagdets designed to detect a WiFi signal’s strength, without having to setup a laptop and then check.

WiFi is optimized for use as a gateway to a WAN and/or internet services. WiFi supports the creation of LANs. Any 802.11b mobile station can participate in an ad-hoc or unmanaged local area network.

From the homepage: Wi-fi.org (http://www.wi-fi.org/OpenSection/index.asp)

The Wi-Fi Alliance is a nonprofit international association formed in 1999 to certify interoperability of wireless Local Area Network products based on IEEE 802.11 specification. Currently the Wi-Fi Alliance has 198 member companies from around the world, and 865 products have received Wi-Fi� certification since certification began in March of 2000. The goal of the Wi-Fi Alliance’s members is to enhance the user experience through product interoperability.


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