Ruckus Wireless complete WBA phase 1 trials

Company receives Passpoint certification for its wireless products

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Ruckus Wireless complete WBA phase 1 trials Ruckus Wireless’ Smart Wi-Fi products have been selected as part of the Wi-Fi Alliance’s Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint test bed.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  July 2, 2012

Ruckus Wireless' Smart Wi-Fi products have been selected as part of the Wi-Fi Alliance's Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint test bed and have completed Phase 1 interoperability trials within the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) programme.

Ruckus is one of the first Wi-Fi suppliers to receive Passpoint certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance for its products. Historically in the Middle East, to connect to a hotspot, users have had to manually select from a number of Wi-Fi networks and log in with their user credentials. Using Passpoint-certified devices, this process is automated.

Passpoint-certified mobile devices automatically select a Wi-Fi hotspot based on information advertised by certified Wi-Fi access points. Passpoint enabled mobile devices and Wi-Fi access points receive information that tells which network is available for service and which hotspots support roaming with the user's home service providers. Once this is established, the user's mobile device is designed to automatically connect to the appropriate hotspot while securing the link with advanced Wi-Fi security.

"The Wi-Fi Alliance's development of the Hotspot 2.0 specification and the use and support of Passpoint will radically transform and simplify the way people connect to Wi-Fi networks - making it as easy as using today's cellular phones," said Steve Martin, senior vice president of engineering for Ruckus Wireless. "This technology will have a profound impact on our industry, further driving the popularity, acceptance and growth of Wi-Fi as a critical component of carrier networks.  Ruckus will continue to take the lead in helping to advance this important technology."

To achieve certification and become part of the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint testbed, Ruckus participated in several ‘plugfests' with various mobile client and infrastructure vendors over the course of several months.  In these tests, Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi products demonstrated interoperability with other Passpoint-certified equipment and devices.

"We congratulate Ruckus on the selection of their products to the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint test bed, and commend their commitment to multi-vendor interoperability," said Wi-Fi Alliance CEO Edgar Figueroa.  "Passpoint-certified product providers like Ruckus will be instrumental in shaping the mobile connectivity experience in the years to come."

Ruckus' Passpoint-certified products will be available as a no-cost software upgrade on Ruckus ZoneFlex access points and controllers by Q4 of this year.

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