Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any questions about the Wireless LAN Association, please feel free to get in touch via our contact page.
Before you do that, we've collected a few of the more common questions we receive about the WLA, so please take a look to see if we've already answered your question below.
A1. Our Mission Statement is as follows:
"A professional association for the WLAN community,
defining industry best practices and quality assurance in the delivery of Wi-Fi networks."
Please see our "About" page for further information.
A2. To clarify, IEEE defines the 802.11 protocol standards on which WLANs operate; WFA is a network of companies which ensures interoperability between vendors and promotes certification of devices to specific subsets of the IEEE 802.11 protocol; Vendors create the devices which conform to the IEEE 802.11 protocol and the WFA certifications; BUT none of these organizations have standardized the design, implementation, or operation of wireless.
This is where the WLA comes in. The WLA, being an association of experienced, professional wireless engineers has the goal of codifying standards relating to the design, implementation, and operation of wireless. These best practices guidelines, when complete, will be shared with WLA members, and with industry, to encourage their adoption, with the goal of standardizing design and implementation methodology across the industry.
In addition, the WLA brings together a community of industry professionals who share their experiences with one another. This provides our members with a competitive advantage as they become more active and better informed members of the WLAN industry.
The Wireless LAN Association supports and advises its members as they improve their knowledge and technical expertise. WLA helps our members gain the skills they need through mentoring, training, and certification, thereby increasing customer confidence in the WLAN industry.
We provide a unified voice for our members and build strong links with other organizations. This allows the WLA to represent our members within the wireless industry, taking our member ideas and comments to other leading wireless organizations.
A3. The Wireless LAN Association has been formed to both provide industry best practices around the design, deployment and verification of WLANs and to provide a professional association for those designing, deploying and troubleshooting Wi-Fi networks on a daily basis.
Our members have personally experienced the inconsistent, and often poor, methods used for WLAN delivery across many industries globally. They feel that there is a critical need within our industry to provide a high-quality, well defined, best practice approach.
Our goal is to eradicate the poor practices that we observe by providing the required guidance, through best-practice standardization, for all organizations.
By joining the WLA, you will gain the satisfaction and fulfillment of being a part of this effort, which will make a difference to many organizations across the globe.
You will also have the chance to interact and collaborate with your industry peers as part of this professional association and become part of the the independent voice of engineers within the WLAN industry.
A4. As member of the WLA, you will:
- Attend regular monthly meetings
- Be a part of an active social network with access to WLAN professionals across many countries of varying disciplines and skill-sets
- Attend wireless related and technical webinars
- Have an opportunity to learn from the knowledge and experience of your fellow WLA members
- Participate in defining standards that will shape practices globally within the WLAN industry
- Participate in our Mentoring scheme
- Receive a monthly newsletter which will keep you up-to-date with WLA activities (and information about any committees you may choose to join) and what's going on in the WLAN industry
A5. The cost of membership is $50.00 (USD) per year - that's less than $1.00 per week!
You can easily join the WLA through our sign-up page
A6. Joining is easy and quick! Simply complete and submit our sign-up form and start making a difference today!
A7. WLAN professionals may contribute by joining one of the committees that keep the WLA running, including the Standards Committee that has been formed to define WLA best-practice standards for wireless LAN design.
Or, if you would prefer to help organize and run the Association, join the Operations Committee.
However, if your passion is in PR and Marketing, let us know - we have a role for you!
We are always looking for volunteers... and for new ideas!
A8. No, you can join purely as a general member.
Membership of the various WLA committees is voluntary.
As a general member of the WLA, you are welcome to maintain your membership and enjoy the benefits of being part of the WLA community, without having to fulfill any committee obligations.
However, if you would like to volunteer your services to any of our committees, we'd love to have you on board!
You can volunteer for a committee through your 'Members Area' page.
A9. No, we are strictly a vendor-neutral organization.
Though our members may be employed by WLAN vendors or resellers, they contribute their expertise in a personal capacity, rather than on behalf of their employer.
We do not promote any vendor products or organizations.
The corporate sponsorship we receive is on a "no strings attached" basis. As a result of receiving corporate sponsorship, we are not beholden to that company, nor are we required to promote their products.
A10. The WLA started its life as the "Wireless LAN Advisory Board" (WLANAB) and, in 2016, was rebranded as "Wireless LAN Association" (WLA).
A11. The Wireless LAN Association is a trading name of the Wireless LAN Advisory Board, which is a Non Profit Corporation registered in the USA.
The WLA's registered office is in Utah HOWEVER our membership is located in various countries around the globe.
We have local chapters in which members, who are located close to one another, can meet and talk about wireless-related subject matter.
Our regular monthly meetings are held on a live-online platform.
A12. The WLA was founded to give a voice to engineers and to improve the reputation of the industry.
As we grow and gain strength through numbers, we will be able to represent the views of its members to the wider industry, and work with the industry to create solutions for existing problems.
In addition, we are working to establish and publish a baseline level of design best practices within the industry.