The future of hotspots

This white paper describes Cisco's vision for the next-generation hotspot, which moves the Wi-Fi network from an untrusted network to a trusted and integral part of a carrier’s network.
The paper provides:
  • A review of the usability problems and security vulnerabilities of today’s hotspots.
  • A description of how IEEE 802.11u, Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2)-Enterprise and standards-based Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) methods can be used to solve the security and usability problems of today’s hotspots, making Wi-Fi as secure and as easy to use as 3G cellular.
  • An introduction to Mobility Services Advertisement Protocol (MSAP), a new protocol that facilitates service discovery, connecting users securely, easily, and immediately to venue-based services.
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