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Wi-Fi Alliance bares progress in IEEE 802.11n certification

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The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced that hundreds of electronic devices are now IEEE 802.11n certified.

A year after the trade association launched its certification drive for the wireless networking standard, it said that some 127 mobile phone models are now "Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n." The number is about 20 percent of all handsets certified in the last 12 months, it added.

Meanwhile, 251 consumer electronic products are now IEEE 802.11n certified. These include media servers, digital audio systems, gaming devices, and display devices.

Along with the continued increase in IEEE 802.11n-certified devices, the number of dual-band products, or those able to function on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz is also rising. The Wi-Fi Alliance said 441 products certified in the past 12 months are dual-band capable while 143 can simultaneously support both bands.

Demand for 802.11n devices has prompted enterprise networking vendors to seek certification for 157 enterprise-grade infrastructure devices since September 30, 2009. Some 115 enterprise-grade access points support operation in either 2.4GHz or 5GHz.

Kelly Davis-Felner, marketing director, Wi-Fi Alliance., said the numbers are "tremendously exciting."

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