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Wi-Fi Alliance announces name of consumer program

Posted: 18 Aug 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wi-Fi Alliance  Wi-Fi Protected Setup  Wi-Fi  consumer devices  Wi-Fi network 

The Wi-Fi Alliance announced Wi-Fi Protected Setup as the name for its upcoming consumer ease-of-use program, formerly code named "Wi-Fi Simple Config." Slated for launch in Q4 of this year, the program is planned as an optional certification based on a standardized method for security setup in home Wi-Fi networks.

Recent research conducted by the Wi-Fi Alliance and Kelton Research indicates that 43 per cent of Wi-Fi users found that installing security on a home Wi-Fi network moderately-to-very difficult. Wi-Fi Protected Setup is designed to ease installation and activation of security features on a network to improve the home Wi-Fi user experience.

"Wi-Fi technology is proliferating across a wider range of consumer electronics, so ease-of-use has become more important than ever," said Frank Hanzlik, managing director, Wi-Fi Alliance. "The Wi-Fi Alliance will continue play a central role in enabling a positive user experience."

The Wi-Fi Protected Setup certification will join the portfolio of certifications available to Wi-Fi Alliance members that manufacture a wide variety of devices, ranging from PCs and printers to televisions, cameras and gaming consoles.

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