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FIPS 140-2 Certification FAQ

Last Reviewed: 08-Mar-2016
Article ID: 000007084

What is FIPS?
FIPS is the Federal Information Processing Standard.

  • It consists of 4 levels; FIPS 140-2 is the baseline requirement.
  • Federal, state, and local governments in the United States often require FIPS conformance in any product that implements security.

FIPS validated logo

Does Intel provide FIPS certification for its Wi-Fi adapters?
Yes. These drivers are available through third-party vendors.

Which models of Intel® Wireless Adapters are FIPS validated?

  • Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
  • Intel® Tri Band Wireless-AC 18260
  • Intel® Tri-Band Wireless-AC 17265
  • Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
  • Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
  • Intel® Dual Band Wireless-N 7265
  • Intel® Wireless-N 7265
  • Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260
  • Intel® Dual Band Wireless-N 7260
  • Intel® Wireless-N 7260
  • Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160
  • Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 for Desktop
  • Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 105
  • Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 135
  • Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2200
  • Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230
  • Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6235
  • Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N WiMAX 62501
  • Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N WiMAX 6150
  • Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6230
  • Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 62001
  • Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205
  • Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 63001
  • Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1030
  • Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000
  • Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 100
  • Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 130
  • Intel® WiFi Link 1000
  • Intel® WiFi/WiMAX Link 53502
  • Intel® WiFi Link 51002
  • Intel® WiFi Link 53002

1 The Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N WiMAX 6250, Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200, and Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300 are supported by 3eTI and Cisco.
2 The Intel® WiFi/WiMAX Link 5350, Intel® WiFi Link 5100, and Intel® WiFi Link 5300 are supported by Juniper.

What operating systems do you support?

  • Windows XP* 32-bit—Use third-party FIPS client from 3eTI or Cisco
  • Windows Vista*—FIPS supported natively by the operating system
  • Windows 7*—FIPS supported natively by the operating system
  • Windows 8* and 8.1*—FIPS supported natively by the operating system
  • Windows® 10—FIPS supported natively by the operating system

How can I obtain the FIPS 140-2 certified driver for Intel Wireless Adapters?
Contact 3eTI or Cisco for FIPS client pricing. See links below.

What are the required components of an FIPS validated solution?

  • Intel® WiFi Driver designed to work with FIPS certified libraries.
  • Third-party client with FIPS certified libraries (available from 3eTI or Cisco).
  • Secure RADIUS server and FIPS validated Access Point.

Can I continue using Intel® PROSet/Wireless with an FIPS driver?
No. FIPS requires using a third-party Wi-Fi connection utility such as from 3eTI or Cisco.

Where can I obtain additional information about FIPS?

What are the key features of the FIPS certification?

  • IEEE 802.11i, IEEE 802.1x.
  • WPA2 with 128-bit AES Security.
  • Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).
  • X.509 Certificates.
  • VPN compatibility.
  • Common Criteria compliance.