April 11, 2014 by Rachel Cericola
Making that Wi-Fi network secure is an absolute necessity—which also makes it confusing to some. The Wi-Fi Alliance is looking to take everything that’s even remotely confusing out of Wi-Fi, with a simple tap.
The organization announced plans to add Near Field Communication (NFC) to its Wi-Fi Certified Wi-Fi Protected Setup program. This new option will make the act of settng up a security-protected Wi-Fi connection as simple as tapping two devices together.
The Wi-Fi Protected Setup was designed to make Wi-Fi simple and secure. Since first being established in 2007, the program has certified over 10,000 devices. However, adding in the new “tap-to-connect” capability not only makes those connections even easier, it also makes them possible between devices that don’t have an actual user interface.
Products to get the Wi-Fi Certified Wi-Fi Protected Setup seal of approval will include everything from cameras and gaming devices to smart refrigerators, thermostats and security systems. The first products to support the NFC option will include Broadcom’s Dual-Band 802.11ac Access Point and the Google Nexus-10, Marvell’s Avastar 88W8787, Mediatek’s NFConnected AP and the NFConnected STA, and Qualcomm’s Dual-Band XSPAN 2-stream 802.11n WLAN Adapter.
With this latest addition, Wi-Fi Protected Setup now offers three options for the actual setup process: Personal Identification Number (PIN), Push-Button Configuration, and NFC.
“Wi-Fi Protected Setup gives consumers simplicity and peace of mind,” said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance. “We continue to evolve our Wi-Fi Certified programs to support market requirements today and in the future, all while taking security-protected Wi-Fi into the many areas where Wi-Fi is becoming popular.”
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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