If you have any questions about the Wireless LAN Association, please feel free to get in touch via our contact page. 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:
Q1. What is the advantage of joining the WLA?
A1. 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 we observe by providing the required guidance, through best-practice standardization, for all organisations. By joining the WLA, you can have the satisfaction and fulfillment of being a part of this effort, which will make a difference to many organisations across the globe. You will also have the chance interact and collaborate with your industry peers as part of this professional association and become part of the this new independent voice within the WLAN industry.
Q2. What is the purpose of the WLA?
Q3. Why do we need the Wireless LAN Association when we have organizations such as the IEEE and Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA)?
A3. Both the IEEE and WFA already exert considerable influence in the Wi-Fi marketplace. The IEEE is an institution that defines the Wi-Fi networking standard itself. The WFA is an association of Wi-Fi vendors who provide device certification and general technology advocacy. In addition to these organizations, many WLAN professionals felt the need for a professional association to represent their views and to establish a level of best practice within the industry. The membership of the Wireless Association will be made up of a whole variety of individuals across the WLAN industry. These will include independent consultants, VAR employees, vendor employees and no doubt many individuals from end-user organizations, all with a shared passion for Wi-Fi technology. This membership blend will provide a view across the entire spectrum of the Wi-Fi industry, free from commercial interests and obligations. It will also provide an opportunity for individual career development, quality assurance and best practice standards that are applicable and useful to all people, segments and vendors within the Wi-Fi industry through its independent voice.
Q4. What are the costs of membership to the WLA
A4. The cost of membership is $100 (USD) per year. You may join the WLA at our join-up page.
Q5. What are benefits of membership of the WLA?
A5. As member of the WLA, you will:
- Receive invites to monthly meetings (generally online) for updates about the activities of the WLA and any committees you may choose to join
- Be a part of an active social network with access to WLAN professionals across many countries of varying disciplines and skill-sets
- Participate in defining standards that will shape practices globally within the WLAN industry
- Have an opportunity to learn from the knowledge and experience of your fellow WLA members
- Receive the WLA monthly newsletter, which provides updates about both the WLA and what’s going on in the WLAN industry
Q6. How can I contribute to the WLA through my membership?
A6. WLAN professionals may contribute by joining one of the committees that keep the WLA running including the Technical Committee that has been formed to define WLA best-practice standards for wireless LAN design.
Q7. Is the WLA sponsored by, or aligned with any WAN vendors?
A7. 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.
Q8. Where is the WLA located?
A8. The Wireless LAN Association is a trading name of the Wireless LAN Advisory Board which is a Non Profit Corporation registered in the USA. It’s members are located around the globe.
Q9. How do I join the WLA?
A9. Complete our sign-up form
Q10. Do I have to join any of the WLA committees as a condition of my membership?
A10. 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 join up via your ‘Members Area‘ page.