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The term wi-fi is not a technical term . It is expanded as as wireless fidelity , just like we use the term hi-fi to denote the high  fidelity music systems .

actually wi-fi is a  certification process for wireless inter-operability  conducted by a consortium named  wi-fi alliance for your 802.11 compatible devices .

It  means not all your 802.11 wirless equipment are wi-fi certified and hence can not be  officially called  a wi-fi device . This kind of a certification process came in to the field because the IEEE does not test any of these wireless products to find  if they meet IEEE specifications.  I personally think that IEEE has a real lousy approch towards their wireless standards in general and did not even care about the security aspects of the same.

Even though the wi-fi alliance claim themselves  to be non-profit consortium , they charge a hell of an amount for the certification process  so not every organization will apply for the wi-fi certified status for their products .

But now the term wi-fi become an alias name for the wirless networking so do not worry about calling your non- wifi certified  networking product as a wi-fi device

answered by goldy-kakkar-5

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