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Ruckus joins advanced Wi-Fi Alliance

Zafar Anjum | June 29, 2012
Advances the mobile Internet with new technology that revolutionises how users connect to wireless hotspots

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.

This was announced by the supplier of advanced wireless systems for the mobile Internet working market on 27 June.

Ruckus said that it is among some of the first wi-fi suppliers to receive Passpoint certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance for its products.

Usually, to connect to a hotspot, users have had to perform the arduous task of manually selecting from a number of wi-fi networks and then log in with their user credentials. Using Passpoint-certified devices, this process is completely automated.

"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."

Ruckus also said in a statement that it has successfully completed interoperability testing with several operators and handset manufacturers.

Ruckus' Passpoint-certified products will be available as a no-cost software upgrade on Ruckus ZoneFlex access points and controllers by Q4 this year, said the wireless products manufacturer and supplier.


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