Xirrus' Wi-Fi routers certified for government networks

The networking equipment maker's entire line-up of 802.11n and 802.11ac wireless routers and arrays are now certified for low-level government work.

Network equipment maker Xirrus on Tuesday said its portfolio range of Wi-Fi access points and arrays are now certified for government use.

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In receiving the highly sought FIPS 140-2 certification from the US government, Xirrus can now sell its wireless products to government agencies as an assured supplier.

"Government agencies can trust that our Wi-Fi solutions meet the highest criteria levels set by government agencies and exceed regulatory standards," Xirrus' vice president of product marketing Bruce Miller said in prepared remarks. 

In total Xirrus' portfolio of 29 products, including a dozen 802.11ac models, are now certified with the standard.

FIPS 140-2 remains a gold standard for many technology companies, as it assures government users working with low-level secrecy classifications that data will remain secure.

The US government is mandated to buy only FIPS 140-2 products.

Other devices, notably iPhones and some Android devices, have also in recent years been FIPS 140-2 certified, allowing government agencies and employees to use these smartphones under certain conditions.