Simple start for wireless networkers

Broadcom, HP and Linksys have joined forces to make installing a wireless local area network (LAN) as easy as pushing a button.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  January 26, 2005

Broadcom, HP and Linksys have joined forces to make installing a wireless local area network (LAN) as easy as pushing a button. The firms have jointly announced a new technology called SecureEasySetup, which they believe will revolutionise Wi-Fi installation, in addition to stimulating the development of new types of wireless home network products. SecureEasySetup is powered by Broadcom’s SecureEasySetup software and 54g chipsets, and enables end users to easily set-up wireless networks and activate Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) security by pushing just one button. Linksys and HP plan to launch the first Wi-Fi products incorporating this solution over the coming months. HP will focus on printer and notebook launches, while Linksys will offer routers and access point releases. In the past, installing a WLAN meant having to manually enter settings such as the network name and an encryption key or WPA pass phrase on each Wi-Fi device. SecureEasySetup simplifies matters by automating the process of configuring new WLANS and adding devices to existing set-ups. After a user pushes the SecureEasySetup button on their wireless device, or uses access point set-up software on their notebook PC, SecureEasySetup establishes a private connection between the devices as well as configuring the network’s Service Set Identifier (SSID) and enabling WPA security. Broadcom, HP and Linksys together claim that because SecureEasySetup’s push-button approach eliminates the need for a visual user interface, manufacturers will now be able to embed Wi-Fi capabilities into even more products, including consumer electronics devices without screens or keypads, and even non-Windows devices such as VoIP phones.

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