Intel works with Cisco for WIFI Gear

Intel announced that the next generation of wireless chips will support the latest Cisco Wi-Fi access points.

Intel is the first chipmaker to announce that it has achieved certification for Cisco's new software extensions.

Cisco has established a set of criteria, so that client devices can be designed to be interoperable with a WLAN built with Cisco equipment.

"With this certification, future Intel Centrino mobile technology customers can be assured that their devices are designed to be supported," Jim Johnson, vice president and general manager of Intel's Wireless Networking Group.

Intel and Cisco are now expanding their existing alliance to improve the security and reliability of wireless networks.

The two companies have produced a new set of features, called the Business Class Wireless Suite, which is designed for companies using Cisco's wireless products and Intel's Centrino mobile technology.

One of the features added include optimal access point selection technology, allowing Centrino-based devices to scan for the best Cisco access points to get a faster, more reliable connection.

Another interesting feature they have added is to improve the clarity and reliability of VoIP in laptops.

To improve Intel’s security, the team has agreed to join Cisco's Network Admission Control, which allows network devices to be checked and updated on all their security software before they connect to the network, so avoiding any viruses and worms.