Wi-Fi is the name of a popular wireless
networking technology that uses radio
waves to provide wireless high-speed
Internet and network connections. A
common misconception is that the term
Wi-Fi is short for "wireless fidelity,"
however this is not the case. Wi-Fi is
simply a trademarked phrase that means
The Wi-Fi Alliance, the organization
that owns the Wi-Fi registered trademark
term specifically defines Wi-Fi as any
"wireless local area network (WLAN)
products that are based on the Institute
of Electrical and Electronics Engineers'
(IEEE) 802.11 standards."
Initially, Wi-Fi was used in place of
only the 2.4GHz 802.11b standard,
however the Wi-Fi Alliance has expanded
the generic use of the Wi-Fi term to
include any type of network or WLAN
product based on any of the 802.11
standards, including 802.11b, 802.11a,
dual-band, and so on, in an attempt to
stop confusion about wireless LAN