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edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Wi-Fi:

Here are some tasks awaiting attention:
  • Add a section called "Operation" or some such, describing how Wi-Fi works, possibly to the 802.11 page instead Jeh (talk) 19:26, 24 December 2011 (UTC)
  • Refactor content between this and the 802.11 page. Arguably, 802.11 is the underlying mechanism while Wi Fi is just a licensed trademark. Jeh (talk) 19:26, 24 December 2011 (UTC)

Reference question[edit]

Can this be used as a reference?--Wyn.junior (talk) 01:54, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

Relationship to wireless router?[edit]

Could someone please add a brief mention of the term "wireless router" with an explanation of how that term relates to "Wi-Fi"? This mention should link to the separate wireless router article. To me, Wi-Fi and WLAN refer to a "network", while "wireless router" is a piece hardware used to create a "wireless network". However, I don't know well enough to be sure.

The two terms are often used interchangeably. If they are are synonyms, then the two articles should be merged. I think there are subtle differences in the meanings of the two terms, and the articles should reflect that. I did not find a clear explanation of the difference between the two terms in skimming the two articles and some apparent interchangeable use of the terms. Could someone fix that?

Example: I have two wireless routers with different passwords in a LAN. Do I have one Wi-Fi or two? Should I program the two with the same password, and would that convert my LAN from two Wi-Fis to one? Thanks, DavidMCEddy (talk) 15:27, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Wi-Fi Safety[edit]

Yes check.svg Done

Surely the third and fourth paragraphs should be removed? The first two cite decent sources indicating that there is no real danger. Then after that, the third and fourth paragraphs talk about specific examples of organizations that believed it was dangerous. It doesn't seem to flow sensibly, and there are no links. I mean, what even is the "Progressive Librarians Guild"? Copying it into the search bar, I see that it's a recently-founded American association for libraries not following the status quo. Great sources on Wi-Fi safety, then. Vanhedrarn (talk) 00:29, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

I removed them. Bhny (talk) 00:37, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

What is it?[edit]

While specifications define communications protocols such as the IEEE 802.11-family, Wi-Fi is, AFAIK, something like a brand name (like Centrino). Sure as hell, Wi-Fi is NOT a technology, though some morons keep writing that. Though the adherence to the specifications should result in hard- and software that simply works together, somehow, Wi-Fi is supposed to additionally guarantee that hardware of different manufacturers works together (actually, that is what the protocol is design for...). I think this is also supposed to be tested. So Wi-Fi would be a brand-name/certification. But it ain't! Anybody who tested (or read about tests, e.g. http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/) knows that hardware of different manufactures, on a regular basis, do not work as well together as should be expected. Sometimes even of the same manufacturer... in other words: Wi-Fi yet another creation of the various over-funded marketing departments. User:ScotXWt@lk 23:38, 19 May 2014 (UTC)

here you go: Wi-Fi Alliance. Anything technical belongs into IEEE 802.11. User:ScotXWt@lk 23:40, 19 May 2014 (UTC)
Wi-Fi is a WP:COMMONNAME for a technology. Bhny (talk) 02:37, 20 May 2014 (UTC)

History of the Name unsupported[edit]

The link cited to support the assertion of the date for the name being first used commercially goes to a document that is completely irrelevant. In fact, the owners of the registered trademark asserted the "first use in commerce" by its certified members as August 1999. It's not clear why they waited until 2001 to file the official "allegation of actual use" for the trademark registration. I will attempt to amend the cite to reference the TSDR record of the USPTO for that registration. If anyone can document an earlier usage, i.e., prior to the initial release of 802.11b, please feel free to chime in. Lupinelawyer (talk) 16:51, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

  1. ^ Kobo manual