Last Post: August 14, 2008:
Gents, I have been working with a wireless manufacturer & just found out it is not wi-fi certified, so I ask myself this question does it matter? I can see it may create issues with client's but can i please have some input from any CWNE's that may have experienced this. My boss is pushing me to sell / spec this & i dont feel comfortable about that as I am going to be the one having to trouble shoot it when it goes wrong :(
Do you really have any choice - I take the attitude the boss is always right. Just make sure that you get something in writing stating that this is the company policy and the way forward.
Yes it does matter, I had a similar experience with a Canadian manufacturer of 802.11b/g radios and they are not Wi-Fi certified.
I worked with a person (he is gone) that recommended these radios on the basis of cheap in price and close to our location, what a mistake.
I did 3 installs that I did not want to do and each time ran into a different hardware problem or support issue.
I went back to my boss after each install and said why are we still using this product.
Now after 3 strikes I will never use this product or anything that is not wi-fi certified.
There is a bad side to this, guess who has to support these projects, as the radios break down they will be replaced by wi-fi certified radio.
Why don't you offer the customer the option of wi-fi certified or 802.11 clone, it will be a no brainer.
I feel sorry that you have a pigheaded boss, I know the feeling, you have the certs not him.
Good luck in your future plans.
Jimmy, thanks for your honest reply, its already caused problems (issue with Intel drivers) so we pulled it out of our corporate network. Still management insist we sell / install it.
Good point about the certs thanks again for the support. :P