Unified Registry of Public and Private 802.11b Access Points Demonstrated

By Matthew Peretz

September 10, 2001

Company attempts to provide consistent interface to usable database

WiFinder, Inc. Thursday showed its new online registry of commercial and community 802.11b Wireless Access Points at this years DEMobile in California.

The company cited the need for a unified directory based on the fact that current directories are either proprietary to particular WISPs or comprised of non-commercial Web sites maintained by individual users. The company claimed that it is the first to publish and maintain a directory and registry of all access points, regardless of ownership. There are, of course, many directories of currently available public access points and proprietary networks - but not in a unified database with a consistent interface.

Specifically, the company appears to be focusing on the Wi-Fi certification as a basis for inclusion in the registry. The Wi-Fi standard ensures interoperability among vendors products using the 802.11b standard.

The company is promoting the directory as a deployment tool for WISPs and corporate IT departments that are implementing WLANs. It claimed that the registry should help tech vendors differentiate their offerings from the public access market.

WiFinder is initially focusing on the 802.11b market based on estimates by Gartner/Dataquest of over 4000 public wireless access points in place by the end of 2001.

Matthew Peretz is Managing Editor of 802.11-Planet.com

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