ProbMe software for WiFi streamlines IoT device installation
User adoption of new wireless technologies presents several challenges. Three of the biggest challenges that hamper deployment and widespread use of new technologies are installing infrastructure, ease of use, and ease of installation and configuration.
Given the globally installed base and use of Wi-Fi for everything from smartphones, to tablets, to laptops and desktop computers, the first two items are taken for granted by most Wi-Fi wireless users. With the emergence of the global Internet of Things (IoT), however, the issues faced by a user trying to quickly, easily, and securely configure a new device to the home network had not been solved. ProbMe addresses simple and easy configuration of devices for the Internet of Things.
Most devices that users connect to a Wi-Fi network need a service set identifier (SSID) and a pass phrase, which is generally longer than a password. Manufacturers of wireless routers initially supplied routers with a default and generic SSID and open settings that required no pass phrase to join the network.
Most router manufacturers are now providing more unique SSID’s and initial unique pass phrases that are printed on a sticker on the Wi-Fi router. This means that when the router is turned on, it comes on in a secure mode with a set SSID and pass phrase. Anyone wanting to join the network then uses the “Join Network” or “Add Network” utility on a smart phone, table, laptop, or desktop. A user can easily join and rejoin the network and when moving between locations.