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Cisco certifies Ralink's 802.11n chipset

Posted: 27 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WLAN? 802.11n? Cisco certification? embedded application?

Ralink Technology announced that its 802.11n RT2800PD chipset has been granted the Cisco Compatible Extension V 4 (CCXv4) certification.

The CCXv4 program is designed to test interoperability with Cisco Aironet WLAN infrastructure and other Cisco Compatible products. The enhanced security features required to pass CCX v4 include Multiple Basic Service Set Identifier, Wireless Ids and authentication protocols like Extensible Authentication Protocol-Transport Layer Security (EAP-TLS) and Protected EAP (PEAP). These features help ensure all client devices support the chosen 802.11 type and encryption which is critical in enterprise embedded applications.

By achieving Cisco Compatibility, the Ralink design reassures enterprise customer interoperability and greater flexibility for WLAN installation and enhanced network security and management controls through the Cisco Wireless Security Suite.

To receive the CCXv4 certification, Ralink developers planned, prepared and designed drivers based on CCXv4 design and test specifications from Cisco. Then, Ralink submitted the Windows Hardware Quality Lab and Wi-Fi certified products to Cisco's authorized independent testing center for testing using Cisco's test plan rev 4.81. The independent testing center sent Cisco a copy of the executed test plan and Cisco notified Ralink of the acceptance and certification.

"We are pleased to receive Cisco Compatible Extension Version 4 for our 802.11n chipset," said Paul Lin, VP of Ralink. "By supporting Cisco Compatible Extension V4.5, Ralink enables hardware partners to serve the enterprise market with the 802.11n products that support the latest industry standards and Cisco innovations."

The RT2800PD Ralink WLAN chipset will now bear the "Cisco Compatible" brand which helps ensure that notebook PCs and other wireless devices based on Ralink Technolgy's support advanced features that Cisco has incorporated into the Cisco Aironet Series of Access Point and other WLAN infrastructure.

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