Wi-Fi Alliance® introduces Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Data Elements™

Standardized approach to Wi-Fi® performance metrics improves quality of service

Austin, Texas – June 25, 2019 – Wi-Fi Alliance® introduces Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Data Elements, bringing a standardized approach to Wi-Fi network diagnostic data collection that enables service providers better visibility into Wi-Fi® networks to enhance the quality of service delivered to customers. The certification program captures and delivers key data on Wi-Fi network performance that assists service provider diagnostic capabilities, enabling better maintenance of customers’ Wi-Fi networks. Wi-Fi Data Elements provides key data to assist in Wi-Fi troubleshooting, bringing faster resolution of network issues to improve customer satisfaction on Wi-Fi networks.

Wi-Fi Data Elements establishes a standardized model for delivering 130 Wi-Fi specific key network performance indicators such as the speed data moves across a wireless network, airtime necessary for devices to perform as expected, and retry rates between a Wi-Fi device and an access point. This consistent approach to data collection feeds directly into service provider’s diagnostic tools, helping them better understand customers’ Wi-Fi network conditions, more rapidly obtain and analyze data, and more efficiently respond to customer issues in dynamic Wi-Fi environments. Wi-Fi Data Elements can be used for:

  • Wi-Fi troubleshooting: Provides insight into current and historical network performance, including interference from other sources, coverage and configuration challenges, and client device capabilities, enabling rapid identification of network issues and faster customer resolutions
  • Resolving Wi-Fi coverage issues: Determines whether a Wi-Fi network has sufficient signal strength for the given area and helps service providers offer recommendations for additional equipment to address user coverage issues
  • Proactive problem solving: Standardizes access to network performance data captured from Wi-Fi devices which can be accessed by Internet service provider (ISP) support systems, triggering alerts when Wi-Fi service is impacted and proceeding with issue resolutions before customers notice an issue

“Wi-Fi networks have gained complexity due to the number and types of connected devices,” said Kevin Robinson, VP of Marketing, Wi-Fi Alliance. “Wi-Fi Data Elements provides greater insight into Wi-Fi network behavior so that service providers more quickly diagnose issues and deliver better customer service, even as Wi-Fi user device types and numbers increase.”

Wi-Fi Data Elements is another powerful tool in the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED portfolio that helps optimize the Wi-Fi network experience. Using this standardized approach to Wi-Fi data collection can help service providers reduce customer support calls regarding Wi-Fi issues, reduce time spent on support calls that do occur, and enable service providers to elevate their service level. Beyond the anticipated adoption of Wi-Fi Data Elements in products deployed by network operators, access to the now standardized set of Wi-Fi data can enable innovation among the broader developer community with data driven, interoperable features and capabilities. Wi-Fi Data Elements is foundational to self-organizing, multiple access point, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED EasyMesh networks and developed to seamlessly work in Wi‑Fi EasyMesh environments. 

“ASSIA has been defining advanced Wi-Fi data models to remedy the lack of sophisticated and common data collection and control schemes in Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi Alliance has provided a forum to collaborate with other industry pioneers to standardize these new data models. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Data Elements lays the groundwork for a large ecosystem of technology companies to develop new data driven applications using the information available on a Wi-Fi network.” – Tuncay Cil, Chief Strategy Officer, ASSIA

“Wi-Fi Alliance is doing incredibly important work by bringing together various players in an increasingly complex ecosystem. Standards-based technology is critical and we are incredibly proud of the contributions that we’ve made over the past two years, culminating in the new Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Data Elements program. These new standards will result in a significantly improved Wi-Fi experience for consumers.” – Shane Eleniak, SVP of platforms for Calix

“Full visibility into the home network is crucial for effective managed Wi-Fi solutions. Wi-Fi Alliance Wi-Fi Data Elements initiative creates the foundation for providing a complete and detailed picture of residential Wi-Fi to cloud telemetry in a consistent and standardized manner. Together with other non-Wi-Fi data from devices like our home gateways, this information provides a comprehensive cloud view for troubleshooting and application usage analysis." – Ian Wheelock, Engineering Fellow, CommScope (which recently acquired ARRIS)

“Wi-Fi Data Elements delivers a standardized set of data models that encompass key performance indicators for Wi-Fi and enables remote monitoring and troubleshooting. Marvell is pleased to contribute to a program that also provides the necessary foundation for Wi-Fi EasyMesh self-organizing Wi-Fi networks.” – Mark Montierth, VP and GM, Marvell Semiconductor 

For more information on Wi-Fi Data Elements, please see our technology overview or visit https://www.wi-fi.org/discover-wi-fi/wi-fi-data-elements.   

 

About Wi-Fi Alliance®
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Wi-Fi Alliance® is the worldwide network of companies that brings you Wi-Fi®. Members of our collaboration forum come together from across the Wi-Fi ecosystem with the shared vision to connect everyone and everything, everywhere, while providing the best possible user experience. Since 2000, Wi-Fi Alliance has completed more than 45,000 Wi-Fi certifications. The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ seal of approval designates products with proven interoperability, backward compatibility, and the highest industry-standard security protections in place. Today, Wi-Fi carries more than half of the internet’s traffic in an ever-expanding variety of applications. Wi-Fi Alliance continues to drive the adoption and evolution of Wi-Fi, which billions of people rely on every day.

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Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is Wi-Fi EasyMesh?

    Wi-Fi EasyMesh is a certification program that defines multiple access point home and small office Wi-Fi networks that are easy to install and use, self-adapting, and add multi-vendor interoperability. This technology brings both consumers and service providers additional flexibility in choosing Wi-Fi EasyMesh devices for home deployment.

    Wi-Fi EasyMesh uses a controller to manage the network, which consists of the controller plus additional APs, called agents. Establishing controllers to manage and coordinate activity among the agents ensures that each AP does not interfere with the other, bringing both expanded, uniform coverage and more efficient service.

  • How is Wi-Fi EasyMesh different from other mesh networks?

    Wi-Fi EasyMesh removes the need to stay within a single-vendor ecosystem to provide the benefits of multiple AP (also called “mesh”) networks. Using standardized technology gives service providers and consumers more choice and flexibility.

  • Which generation of Wi-Fi technology does Wi-Fi EasyMesh support?

    Wi-Fi EasyMesh supports Wi-Fi 4 and Wi-Fi 5. Members can view the Wi-Fi EasyMesh program requirements and test plan for more details. To become a member, visit our membership page.

  • Is Wi-Fi Data Elements just for service providers and operators?

    While Wi-Fi Data Elements can benefit any network administrator, including an individual managing his or her own home network, its main purpose is to help service providers and operators provide high quality Wi-Fi service. Periodic delivery of a standardized data model helps those responsible for ensuring good service to more quickly and proactively address upcoming issues and provide solutions.

    Tools vendors also benefit from Wi-Fi Data Elements because they can develop to an accepted standard and reduce the number and complexity of proprietary implementations.

  • What is the Wi-Fi Alliance specification for Wi-Fi EasyMesh?

    The Wi-Fi EasyMesh certification program is based on the Wi-Fi Alliance Multi-AP Technical Specification. It defines technologies to create an easy to install, self-adapting Wi-Fi home or small office network.

  • Is my privacy protected? Does the data model take my personal information?

    The information collected and sent in this program is high-level and does not interfere with privacy concerns. How many devices are on the network, use of bandwidth, signal strength measurements, and free airtime are examples of the types of data collected.

  • What is the difference between Wi-Fi EasyMesh and Wi-Fi Home Design?

    The goal of both certification programs is to provide better Wi-Fi user experience and extended coverage in home networks. These two programs complement each other – a Wi-Fi Home Design floorplan could employ a Wi-Fi EasyMesh network. The difference is that Wi-Fi Home Design helps identify the best locations for each AP in a home whereas Wi-Fi EasyMesh defines the protocols used for intra-AP communication to establish a smart, self-forming network.

  • Is there a standard protocol or transport method to get the Wi-Fi Data Elements models from a device?

    There is a JSON/HTTP standard method of obtaining the Wi-Fi Data Elements model from a device.

  • What other backhaul link technologies will Wi-Fi EasyMesh work with?

    Wi-Fi EasyMesh networks enable the use of other connectivity technologies supported by the IEEE 1905.1 protocol.

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