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Tap to Connect WI-Fi Networks with NFC Authentication

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The trade group, the Wi Fi Alliance has announced an update to the specifications for its Wi Fi Certified programme to include NFC authentication.

Users will be able to connect devices certified for this capability by simply tapping them together, activating a security-protected Wi-Fi connection.

The move is expected make accessing Wi-Fi networks easier, particularly for M2M applications that might otherwise lack a convenient user interface.

"Wi-Fi Protected Setup gives consumers simplicity and peace of mind," said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance. "We continue to evolve our Wi-Fi CERTIFIED programs to support market requirements today and in the future, all while taking security-protected Wi-Fi into the many areas where Wi-Fi is becoming popular."

Wi-Fi Protected Setup now offers users three easy setup methods - Personal Identification Number (PIN), Push-Button Configuration, and NFC. With the NFC method, the user connects two or more NFC-enabled products by tapping them together. Wi-Fi Protected Setup then automatically configures the network name and activates WPA2 security. The NFC connection method can be used to set up both traditional networks with an access point as well as Wi-Fi Direct groups.

More than 10,000 devices have been certified for Wi-Fi Protected Setup since 2007.

The first products to support the NFC option and which form the test suite for the certification program include:

  • Broadcom: Dual-Band 802.11ac Access Point
  • Broadcom: Google Nexus-10
  • Marvell: Marvell Avastar 88W8787
  • Mediatek: Mediatek NFConnected AP
  • Mediatek: Mediatek NFConnected STA
  • Qualcomm: Dual-Band XSPAN 2-stream 802.11n WLAN Adapter

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