Wi-Fi Ruckus: Wi-Fi Alliance Chooses Wi-Fi 7 AP for Global Interoperability Testing

By Greg Tavarez January 16, 2024

It feels like it was just yesterday when Wi-Fi 6 technology made its appearance. But looking back on it, it’s only been making headlines since 2019. Still, with faster speeds, improved performance in crowded areas, better battery life, increased security and lower latency, Wi-Fi 6 surpassed the capabilities of Wi-Fi 5.

Wi-Fi 7 technology, officially known as IEEE (News - Alert) 802.11be, is expected to make a bigger leap in wireless performance, compared to the current Wi-Fi 6 standard. Featuring multi-gigabit speeds, ultra-low latency and increased capacity, Wi-Fi 7 will shake up everything from high-density office environments and immersive virtual reality experiences to industrial automation and the IoT ecosystem.

However, for this potential to be fully realized, interoperability – the ability of devices from different manufacturers to work together seamlessly – is crucial. To achieve this, the Wi-Fi Alliance established its Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 7 program, which rigorously tests and certifies devices for compliance with the new standard.

And a new member was added to that program. The Wi-Fi Alliance (News - Alert) chose RUCKUS Networks, Commscope's Wi-Fi 7 platform as the cornerstone of its Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 7 interoperability certification test bed. This selection positions RUCKUS as a key player in shaping the future of Wi-Fi, with its technology set to serve as the benchmark for ensuring seamless connectivity across an array of Wi-Fi 7 devices.

“Our role in this certification helps to ensure that consumers across the globe receive the most reliable, consistent and secure Wi-Fi experience for the most demanding applications,” said Bart Giordano, Senior Vice President, Networking Intelligent Cellular and Security Solutions, CommScope. “Above all, this speaks not only to quality and reliability of our devices — from the test bed to the field — but also the extent of our leadership in shaping the interoperability of future Wi-Fi devices worldwide.”

The RUCKUS platform boasts several features that contribute to its selection for the test bed. Its BeamFlex+ technology utilizes patented smart directional antennas to optimize signal delivery for each connected device, while the RUCKUS AI engine intelligently manages network resources for peak performance. These features, combined with RUCKUS' proven track record in the Wi-Fi market, make their platform a natural choice for the Wi-Fi Alliance's certification program.

Analysts anticipate a rollout of Wi-Fi 7 technology in the coming years, with the market expected to reach $45 billion by 2027. With its selection for the Wi-Fi Alliance test bed, RUCKUS Networks is strategically positioned to capitalize on the market.

The move is also expected to benefit consumers and businesses alike, as the widespread adoption of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 7 devices will bring faster internet speeds, improved productivity and a more seamless connected experience to households, offices and industrial facilities around the world.

“We look forward to the rapid adoption of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 7 across home, enterprise and industrial environments, and take pride in facilitating interoperability among the entire Wi-Fi 7 worldwide device ecosystem,” said Kevin Robinson, president and CEO, Wi-Fi Alliance. “Wi-Fi CERTIFIED devices, such as those from RUCKUS Networks — a longtime member of Wi-Fi Alliance — help deliver a good user experience in the enterprise.”

Edited by Alex Passett
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