Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ruckus Supports Latest Hotspot 2.0 Spec

Ruckus Wireless' Hotspot 2.0 Online SignUp, Policy, and Subscription Management Server will be part of the Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) Hotspot 2.0 Release 2 certification testbed. Several Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi products, including the Ruckus ZoneFlex 7372 access point (AP) and the Ruckus SmartCell Gateway (SCG) 200 are now Wi-Fi CERTIFIED for Passpoint Release 2.

Ruckus is predicting that Hotspot 2.0 is will revolutionize the process of connecting to a Wi-Fi network while roaming on a mobile device, making the connection process as automatic and secure as the cellular experience.  This will transform the countless islands of Wi-Fi connectivity to be woven together into one seamless and ubiquitous service offering.  The larger this web of connectivity becomes, the greater the utility of the network.  In addition to a totally automatic connection experience, all user traffic over the airlink is encrypted.

Ruckus is also providing the NGH network for the WBA Wi-Fi Global Congress being held this week in San Francisco.  NGH is the WBA program that is tasked with commercializing Hotspot 2.0 technology.  The Ruckus-powered Wi-Fi network for the ‘NGH Live Experience’ at the Congress consists of equipment that carries the WFA Passpoint designation.  This network is also able to roam with the Ruckus Hotspot 2.0 networks that were recently deployed by the City and County of San Francisco and the City of San Jose, CA, as well as the San Francisco network operated by TowerStream.

“We believe this demonstration NGH network at the Wi-Fi Global Congress is just the beginning of how Hotspot 2.0 will revolutionize wireless broadband connectivity,” said Selina Lo, president and CEO of Ruckus Wireless. “In time, we see thousands, tens of thousands, and eventually millions of islands of Wi-Fi connectivity being woven together through roaming consortiums between the operators.”

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