Hotspot 2.0 hots up

With Hotspot 2.0, it is now possible to link a huge network of effectively random Wi-Fi access points through a web of interconnections

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Hotspot 2.0 hots up Nader Baghdadi from Ruckus Wireless says that Hotspot 2.0 is the way forward for enterprises as well as carriers.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  November 11, 2013

With Hotspot 2.0, it is now possible to link a huge network of effectively random Wi-Fi access points through a web of interconnections, so users can seamlessly move between Wi-Fi networks from almost any location, according to Nader Baghdadi, Middle East regional director at Ruckus Wireless.

“A multi-industry initiative or framework for automating many of today’s manual Wi-Fi tasks, HS 2.0 is being driven by the Wi-Fi Alliance [for certification under the Passpoint program] and organisations such as the Wireless Broadband Alliance [for interoperability]. The shared vision for HS 2.0 is compelling: turn the Wi-Fi user experience into one that mirrors the cellular phone by establishing a Wi-Fi connection experience that is secure, automated, and conforms to user/operator policy,” said Baghdadi.

Using the new IEEE 802.11u protocols, HS 2.0 allows the Wi-Fi client and infrastructure to have a pre-association conversation about the capabilities and AAA interconnects of a particular Wi-Fi network. The client then makes an automatic decision about whether to connect to this Wi-Fi network or not, or potentially to another that is also in range. The selection process can be influenced both by user preference and operator policy, according to Ruckus.

“Automating this manual configuration and decision-making process eliminates hassles for users and network operators, and increases the use of Wi-Fi. Another benefit of HS 2.0 is the implementation of advanced WPA-2 airlink security and client isolation to effectively automate security,” said Baghdadi.

But while HS 2.0 has been developed and promoted predominately by carriers and equipment suppliers, this new technology looks to have its greatest impact and appeal within the enterprise.

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