WECA Hops the Pond

By Matthew Peretz

March 11, 2002

New European-based testing facilities and a bunch of new member companies.

In addition to announcing the addition of 15 new member companies to its ranks, WECA, or the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance, today announced the opening of a new testing facility for products in Reading, England.

WECA, which was formed in 1999, has as its mission the overall promotion of WLAN standards and operates as a nonprofit organization that certifies interoperability of Wi-Fi (802.11b) products. It will also be certifying interoperability between 802.11a, or Wi-Fi5 products.

WECA's test suite determines how products are tested to certify interoperability. The organization now claims over 140 members, offering 260 Wi-Fi certified products.

The test facility in Europe is operated by Agilent. It has completed its initial round of Wi-Fi interoperability testing. The test facility is designed to save European members of WECA time and expenses relating to transferring products to U.S.-based labs.

Matthew Peretz is Managing Editor of 802.11-Planet.com

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