Wipro has been selected by the Wi-Fi Alliance to set up a pre-certification test lab to help vendors prepare for final certification.

The test lab will be set up in Bangalore and is the third pre-certification lab authorised by the Wi-Fi Alliance; the other two labs being in Taiwan and the US.

Pre-certification testing allows Wi-Fi Alliance member companies to test WiFi devices and troubleshoot problems before entering the formal process of getting the device WiFi-certified, said the MD of the Wi-Fi Alliance, Frank Hanzlik.

The Wi-Fi Alliance is a global, non-profit industry association with more than 250 member companies and its main activity is testing and certifying products for compliance with WiFi specs to ensure inter-operability.

Future specifications currently being developed by the Wi-Fi Alliance include WiFi Protected Setup, which will ease set up of encryption and security on home networks and will be released later this year.

Finalisation of the 802.11n spec, a faster and longer range version of 802.11, has however been delayed. A number of vendors are already shipping 802.11n devices based on a draft of the standard, raising questions about inter-operability.

The market for WiFi devices is expected to reach about 450 to 700 million units by 2010, up from about 125 million WiFi devices shipped last year, according to Hanzlik.

The WiFi pre-certification lab adds to Wipro’s current portfolio of testing services, said Suresh Vaswani, president of global IT services lines at Wipro. The company employs 5,500 staff in its testing services business, and offers services such as enterprise software testing, embedded software testing and full device testing.