What is Hotspot 2.0?
Hotspot 2.0 is an industry-leading solution which allows secure WiFi roaming across various towns, cities and countries. It employs only one authentication to provide enhanced security for WiFi roaming. Ruckus wireless solutions provide assistance for the effective use of Hotspot 2.0, to make WiFi roaming as secure as cellular data roaming.
Hotspot 2.0 has been designed to offer ease of use and access and enhanced security to the users. It provides secure connection by authorising mobile devices to automatically identify and connect to Ruckus access points or APs which have an arrangement for roaming belonging to the users’ home network. However, the aforementioned procedure pertains to cellular roaming facilities offered by Hotspot 2.0. In order to provide assistance in the domain of public WiFi solutions, Ruckus wireless solutions automatically enable WiFi roaming in case a mobile phone fails to recognise an AP connected to the users’ home network. WiFi roaming, as a part of public WiFi solutions, allows users to always stay connected to the internet irrespective of their location.
How do Ruckus wireless solutions work?
Roaming partners for Hotspot 2.0 can vary between numerous entities. Hotspot 2.0 has been designed to offer increased flexibility and it can have roaming partners ranging from enterprises and MSOs to public venues, MNOs and wireline operations. Any entity that owns WiFi assets can be a roaming partner to Hotspot 2.0. Moreover, Hotspot 2.0 further adds flexibility to Ruckus wireless solutions by offering users with the liberty of choice in case of the devices being used.
Hotspot 2.0 enables mobile devices to identify Ruckus access points or APs, by equipping them with a provider for user authentication. The concerned authentication provider may be a X.509 certificate, a phone SIM card or a username and password. It then delivers secure public WiFi solutions as the devices identify APs that are connected to the users’ home networks that support WiFi roaming.
A product of WiFi Alliance, and certified by Passpoint. Hence, in case of Hotspot 2.0, is always made sure that the client and APs devices are configured in accordance with all the technical requirements and specifications. Moreover, an updated version of Hotspot 2.0 is released at frequent intervals for providing increased support to the users. The Release 1 for Hotspot 2.0, as a part of Ruckus wireless solutions was officially put into action for June 2012. It focused on the areas of automated identification, selection and authentication of networks to facilitate secure connections. Following releases, which will be launched in the future, are expected to show improvement in other aspects apart from the identification of and connection to secure Ruckus access points or APs.
To benefit from secure public WiFi solutions by Hotspot and Ruckus, users may invest in mobile devices that are compatible with Hotspot 2.0. They can either invest in a new mobile device altogether or they may simply update their existing devices via software.
Reputable companies like CableLabs in the USA have expressed interest in providing ‘roaming hubs’ to facilitate the authentication of WiFi networks. This, coupled with the secure connection by Hotspot 2.0 is to eliminate all security threats that are associated with WiFi roaming.