The Associated Press reports that a group of wireless networking companies has announced that it will start certifying next-generation routers and network cards a full year before official standards begin. Frank Hanzlik, managing director of the Wi-Fi Alliance, said that without this certification process, the market could have become fragmented by a growing number of “Pre-N” products claiming faster speeds. “Pre-N” products take their name from the 802.11n standard. Just a month ago, the alliance announced that it would not certify these products. However an announcement that the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers–which oversees the standards process–was facing delays forced the alliance to rethink its position. Industry members are pleased with the decision, because without certification, manufacturers would have been on their own to ensure that products were interoperable…