USA - Wi-Fi Alliance (www.wifi.org) is introducing a certification program that brings professionally designed, builder-installed Wi-Fi® networks to new homes, delivering a great user experience throughout the whole home.
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Home Design™ brings enterprise design practices for planning and installing Wi-Fi networks to the new home construction industry, resulting in consistent, whole-home coverage and an exceptional Wi-Fi experience from the day the home owner moves in.
In the same way that new homes are constructed with well-planned lighting and electrical schemes, home buyers will now benefit from integrated Wi-Fi networks that set a new standard in home network design and installation.
Wi-Fi Home Design provides home builders with an industry-approved network installation plan based on exacting Wi-Fi deployment guidelines. The guidelines define criteria for access point (APs) placement to eliminate dead spots and deliver strong Wi-Fi coverage throughout the entire home and outdoor spaces, including garages and patios.
Wi-Fi Home Design enables reliable connections in home environments with many client devices and provides great integration with connected smart home products including Wi-Fi voice-activated wireless speakers, security cameras, door locks, light bulbs, thermostats, and appliances. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ APs are required, ensuring high-performance, security, and interoperability.
“We are committed to a great user experience for our Wi-Fi fans in all areas of their lives, and we now bring our expertise in developing certification programs to residential home Wi-Fi network design,” said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance. “Homes that are certified for Wi-Fi Home Design provide whole-home Wi-Fi coverage with professionally designed networks that are ready for demanding applications.”
Companies spanning Wi-Fi infrastructure, mobile device, consumer electronics, smart home, and home building industries worked in Wi-Fi Alliance to define criteria for Wi-Fi Home Design.
The requirements consider the increasing number of smart home devices expected in homes over the next decade, and the growing demand for data-intensive usages such as virtual reality and simultaneous 4K video streams. Wi-Fi Home Design will scale to accommodate both the growth in Wi-Fi devices and high-bandwidth applications.
Lennar, one of the largest U.S. homebuilders, is the first to offer new homes featuring Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Home Design. Lennar has announced that next month they will begin offering Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Home Design as a standard feature as part of its Everything’s Included program – which also includes smart home technology and wireless entertainment powered by some of the world’s top consumer brands.
“Reliable whole-home Wi-Fi is as essential to the way people live today as central air conditioning,” said David J. Kaiserman, president of Lennar Ventures. “Wi-Fi Home Design sets an unmatched standard for residential Wi-Fi networks that assures homebuyers their new home will allow them to enjoy a truly connected lifestyle – with smart devices that enhance security and comfort, streaming entertainment or whatever the future holds.”
For more information on Wi-Fi Home Design please visit: www.wi-fi.org/wi-fi-home-design
“CableLabs is excited about the rollout of the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Home Design certification program, as it will help bring Enterprise-class Wi-Fi performance to the home. A major focus of ours is standardized Internet service delivery to and throughout the home and this program gives new Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Home Design homeowners a professionally designed Wi-Fi network."said Josh Redmore, Lead Architect for Wireless at CableLabs.
“With home appliances all getting smarter, well-planned Wi-Fi coverage throughout the home is now a necessity for a good user experience of the Smart Home. Wi-Fi Home Design sets the standard which will benefit the entire industry,” said Miao Wang, Standard & Patent Director, Haier.
“With the rapid adoption of smart devices, homeowners appreciate reliable Wi-Fi performance throughout their homes. As a manufacturer of state-of-the-art lighting controls, we support the Wi-Fi Alliance certification program to assure a high-quality customer experience," said Daryoush Larizadeh, president and chief operating officer, Leviton Manufacturing.
“Wi-Fi Home Design provides new home network installations with reliable Wi-Fi coverage and performance to give a great user experience throughout the entire home. Ruckus has been closely involved in the development of the certification program because we see tremendous value in leveraging our enterprise design experience and applying it to the connected home, providing a strong foundation to enable the Smart Home of the future,” said Steve Martin, CTO, Ruckus, a part of Brocade.