is the industry name for
wireless LAN (WLAN)
communication technology related to the IEEE 802.11 family of wireless networking standards. To some, the term Wi-Fi is synonymous with
, as 802.11b was the first standard in that family to enjoy widespread popularity. Today, however, Wi-Fi can refer to any of the established standards:
The Wi-Fi Alliance (see sidebar) certifies vendor products to ensure 802.11 products on the market follow the various 802.11 specifications. Unfortunately, 802.11a technology is not compatible with 802.11b/g/n, so Wi-Fi product lines have been somewhat fragmented.
See also - Wi-Fi - The Technology Formerly Known as Wireless Fidelity
Also Known As: (incorrectly) wireless fidelity