The alliance completed certification of its first batch of products for voice, which applies to voice-over-Wi-Fi in single access-point deployments, those typically used in small offices. In addition to testing for multi-vendor interoperability, the group focused on voice performance. The requirements for passing voice traffic are less than 1% packet loss, 50ms jitter and 50ms delay.
The work represents a first step, so there are a few holes in the process. The initial list of voice-certified products did not include any handsets. Also, there were also no tests for roaming or handoffs, items that will be filled in later. Consequently, running voice over Wi-Fi is not as plug-and-play as data transmissions, however, groups, like the Wi-Fi Alliance are slowly working to change that.
Does your company use VoIP at the moment? Are you running any of your traffic over Wi-Fi links? How easy or difficult is that process?