January 6, 2005
A new Broadcom chipset allows an entire WiFi network to be fully configured for WPA security in a single step not requiring PC access or control.
Broadcom, Inc aanounced today the immediate availability of a developer’s kit for the SecureEasySetup embedded software running on its new 54g chipsets that automatically establishes a WiFi network’s WPA passphrase keys while it configures the network and installs those keys on each new device added to the network.
This is all accomplished at the touch of a single button without the need for the expert user involvement currently required for secure WiFi network configuration. Because of the intricacies of the current process, as many as 75% of all WiFi networks installed are estimated to lack any security configuration at all.
Also, this automated PC-free installation dramatically accelerates the secure installation of non-PC-based IP devices such as consumer electronics without screens or keypads (e.g. printers and digital cameras), VoIP phones, and digital video equipment.
Products configured with SecureEasySetup are fully interoperable with any recent WiFi CERTIFIED products, regardless of whether they feature SecureEasySetup, opening the possibility that the new technology will be integrated into peripheral devices and consumer electronics as a new standard.