SOURCE: NextHop Technologies, Inc.

July 26, 2005 07:00 ET

NextHop Joins Wi-Fi Alliance, Underscoring Leadership and Commitment to Optimized Wireless Networking

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 26, 2005 -- NextHop Technologies® Inc., the definitive source for network software solutions, today announced that it has joined the Wi-Fi Alliance, a global, non-profit organization devoted to promoting the growth of wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs). NextHop is a strong supporter of the WiFi Alliance's inter-operability goals and certification programs.

"NextHop has been committed to providing interoperable networking software solutions to our customers since we were founded in 2000. This is fundamental to what we do -- across our L2 switching, L3 routing, MPLS, and now WLAN software portfolio," said Dennis Tsu, vice president of marketing for NextHop. "With the introduction of our WLAN software solutions this year, and with our initial WLAN customers getting ready to ship product, we want to help them certify their switches and APs through the WiFi Alliance program."

"In becoming a member of the Wi-Fi Alliance, NextHop joins more than 200 companies from around the globe who are committed to delivering interoperable Wi-Fi solutions and ensuring a positive user experience through our Wi-Fi CERTIFIED programs," said Frank Hanzlik, managing director of the Wi-Fi Alliance. "We are pleased to have NextHop become a part of the organization."

NextHop is the first company to provide a merchant WLAN software solution addressing the needs of the enterprise customer. Equipment vendors, original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and original design manufacturers (ODM) companies can now put NextHop's WLAN software solutions onto industry standard hardware platforms -- and ship enterprise class WLAN switching products in less than three months.

The NextHop Dynamic Network Architecture (DNA) integrates solutions for Layer 2 switching, Layer 3 routing, MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching), and WLAN management and control. NextHop's new WLAN solution is composed of two elements, the NextHop Wireless Controller Software (WCS) and the NextHop Wireless Access Point Software (WAPS). NextHop's WCS and L2 solutions can be installed onto hardware platforms from Broadcom, Marvell, and SiNett and provides LAN switching integrated with centralized management and control of a wireless network. The NextHop WAPS can reside on any of several access point (AP) reference hardware designs in current production.

About the Wi-Fi Alliance

The Wi-Fi Alliance is a global, non-profit industry association of more than 200 member companies devoted to promoting the growth of wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs). With the aim of enhancing the user experience for mobile wireless devices, the Wi-Fi Alliance's testing and certification programs ensure the interoperability of WLAN products based on the IEEE 802.11 specification. Since the introduction of the Wi-Fi Alliance's certification program in March 2000, more than 2,000 products have been designated as Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™, encouraging the expanded use of Wi-Fi products and services across the consumer and enterprise markets. For more information, please visit

About NextHop Technologies

NextHop Technologies® Inc. is the definitive source for networking software solutions. NextHop partners with its customers and the industry to empower innovation in networking. The NextHop Dynamic Network Architecture (DNA) provides a framework for integrating NextHop's products and software components from NextHop's partners to provide complete software solutions. NextHop's flagship product, GateD®, provides a scalable and manageable solution for routing, MPLS, and LAN switching. NextHop's new WLAN software products, WCS and WAPS, provide a similar solution for wireless LANS. Both GateD and NextHop wireless software solutions are safe and reliable products that reduce time to market while minimizing development, testing and support costs. Founded in 2000 and funded by New Enterprise Associates, Labrador Ventures, Parker Price Venture Capital, and Duchossois Technology Partners, NextHop is based in Mountain View, Calif. For more information visit

NextHop Technologies and GateD are registered trademarks and NextHop is a trademark of NextHop Technologies Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Wi-Fi® and the Wi-Fi logo are registered trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™, WMM™, WPA™, WPA2™, Wi-Fi ZONE™, the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED logo, the Wi-Fi Alliance logo and the Wi-Fi ZONE logo are trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Contact Information

  • For further information, contact:
    Wanda Cavanaugh
    Windward PR for NextHop
    +1 650-851-0880 or Cell: +1 650-533-1055
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