New WiFi products promise easy set-up

The Wi-Fi Alliance says products supporting the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) standard, a standard designed to ease the set-up process of WiFi networks and encourage use within small businesses, will be available next month. The Wi-Fi Alliance has certified more than 25 products, including phones. According to Frank Hanzlik, managing director of the Wi-Fi Alliance, "WPS halves the number of user steps required to set up a network, enabling WiFi to be more easily installed across a range of consumer devices." Folks had complained about the difficulty of setting up a WiFi network. The security is based on push-button or Pin entry authentication. Users push a button on the access point and the client device to exchange the encryption key. With a Pin, users enter a four-digit code generated by the client device to connect to the network. The move should increase confidence over WiFi security and drive usage.

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